Published: Wednesday 15 May 1996

The shortage of fertilisers is proving to be a major cause for the current peasant unrest in Bangladesh. Farmers, unable to grow the region's main rice crop this season, demonstrated before the district collector's office in North Bengal to voice their protest. They are also demanding a fair price for urea fertiliser. It is widely believed that a racket in illegal trade of fertilisers is behind the shortage. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Fertiliser Association has urged all its dealers and companies involved in fertiliser production, to ensure sale of the chemicals at a fair price.

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