Salem (SA): About 2,600 tonnes of imported urea for distribution to the farmers through the primary agricultural cooperative and credit societies in Salem and Namakkal districts arrived here by a special goods train on Sunday.
The stock from Oman, a Gulf country, was imported by the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO) Limited.
The entire stock which arrived in 42 goods wagons was handed over to the regional office of the Tamil Nadu Cooperative Marketing Federation (TANFED), one of the members of the IFFCO, S. Arulmani, Field Officer, IFFCO, said.
To enable farmers commence farming operations without any delay, the TANFED shifted about 1,100 tonnes to the 400 and odd primary agricultural cooperative and credit societies in Salem and Namakkal districts through lorries on Sunday.
The rest of the stock will be supplied to the societies.
The rest 1,500 tonnes will be stocked in the godowns of the Tamil Nadu Warehousing Corporation in Salem and Namakkal, Mr. Arulmani said.
The urea stock supplied by the TANFED has to be sold to the farmers at the government rate of Rs. 270.50 paise per bag fixed by the government.