AIZAWL, April 16 - Chemical fertiliser Urea meant for Mizoram farmers are being smuggled into Myanmar, opposition Zoram Nationalist Party president Lalduhoma has alleged.
�The entire Mizoram quota of urea are illegally diverted to Myanmar. During the last four years, 19,410.55 metric tonnes of urea have been smuggled into the neighbouring country,� Lalduhoma said in a press conference here on Saturday.
�Urea is highly subsidised by the government for farmers as their productivity heavily depends on the fertiliser. As urea is in high demand in Myanmar where it is not subsidised, the entire quota of urea for Mizoram farmers are illegally diverted into the neighbouring country,� he said.
The State quota of urea is determined by the number of farmers in that State. Mizoram gets its quota from Barak Valley Fertiliser Corporation Ltd, Guwahati.
�The entire quota of Mizoram is directly transported to Myanmar via Zokhawthar border trade route, leaving nothing for Mizoram farmers,� he said.
Since urea is highly subsidised, the unauthorised diversion costs the State�s exchequer dearly. Therefore, the Mizoram Government must take step to curb the menace, he said.
Lalduhoma said illegal diversion of urea has been a regular affair since the MNF rule from 1998 to 2003, which indicated that powerful people are involved in the smuggling.