There is enough stock of fertilizer: Union minister

In an indirect reference to allegations made by Congress leaders Sharan Prakash Patil and Priyank Kharge, Union State Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagawanth Khuba said the district had sufficient stock. fertilizer and seeds needed for the kharif season.

“There are enough stocks of fertilizers and seeds in the district. Farmers need not worry. The Union Government, in April itself, made arrangements to supply fertilizers to each state as needed. It secured withdrawals from the United States by April 15 and subsequently supplied fertilizer to all states,” Mr. Khuba said.

He was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a soil testing laboratory of Mumbai-based Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited in Aland, Kalaburagi district on Sunday.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Deputy Chairperson Dr Sharan Prakash Patil and KPCC Spokesperson Mr Priyank Kharge on Thursday said the district was facing a severe shortage of fertilizer which has forced the farmers to flee the post pillar to get a bag of DAP and criticized the administration for its lack of preparation.

“The production cost of each bag of DAP is between ₹3,200 and ₹4,200. But, our government sells it at ₹1,350. Urea is sold at ₹266 per bag. The government provides an 80% subsidy, or about ₹2.50,000 crore, on fertilizers,” Mr Khuba said.

Highlighting the difficulties in fertilizer production in China and the United States caused by disruptions in the supply of raw materials due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mr Khuba said that fertilizer production in India had not not affected by the war due to the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. initiatives to achieve autonomy.

“No farmer should buy fertilizer on the black market. If anyone is found selling fertilizer on the black market, please alert Department of Agriculture officials,” Mr Khuba said and called on farmers to have their soil tested and use fertilizer accordingly. .

Aland MP Subhash Guttedar who chaired the town hall meeting expressed concern over the labor shortage caused by Mahatma Gandhi’s national rural employment guarantee scheme affecting agricultural activities in rural areas. He called on the minister to raise the issue in parliament.

Director (Marketing) of Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, KU Thankachen, Associate Professor (Soil) Bellakki, Co-Director of Agriculture Ritendranath Sugur, Dean of Kalaburagi Agriculture College, Mahalingappa Dhanoji, and other senior staff were present .

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