The Centre says the fertilizer shortage allegations are false, baseless
Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Bhagwanth Khuba on Thursday, requested the farmers not to believe the rumours of fertilizer shortage.
Khuba told media persons at Bengaluru, “There are rumours in certain quarters that there is going to be a fertilizer shortage in the country and farmers should collect enough fertilizer for the next four months. Such allegations are false and completely baseless.”
He added, “As the Minister-in-charge of the Department of Fertilizers, I assure farmers that they will be made available, the amount of fertilizer they require.”
Production of nano urea has increased this year; production of nano DAP (Di-ammonium Phosphate) will start from next year and 22 lakh metric tonnes of urea is available in Karnataka. “Rabi season needs 2 lakh metric tonnes of DAP, which will be produced (as we have taken action) in two factories.” he further added.
“The supply of input material needed for sowing has been adequately addressed by the state. Arrangements have been made to supply fertilizers to the districts as a share of the Central government,” he stated.
Stating that complex fertilizer use has been increasing in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and parts of Karnataka in the past two years, the Minister added, farmers of Karnataka will benefit if they adopt complex fertilizers that give better results than DAP. “This is why the government is recommending the purchase of complex manure instead of DAP,” a release from the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers said in New Delhi.
The Union Minister added that the southwest monsoon season has seen good rainfall throughout the state of Karnataka and 78.51 lakh hectares of land was sown.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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