TAD NewsDesk, New Delhi: As the Kharif season is at the doorstep, State agriculture minister Dadasaheb Bhuse has requested the Centre to allocate 44.50 lakh metric tonne fertilisers. Mr Bhuse was accompanied by state agriculture secretary Eknath Dawle to meet the Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Sadanand Gowda in Delhi.
Mr Bhuse said,
“We discussed various issues related to the agriculture sector, the challenges ahead and preparations for upcoming Kharif season. Fertiliser is allocated by the Centre to every state. We have sought 44.50 lakh metric tonne fertilisers.”
He added that last year the supply of fertilizers were irregular and the farmers began sowing for the kharif season in June and July. To avoid the same problem again, the minister has initiated a dialogue with the centre early this year.
Mr Bhuse added that,
“The state is hopeful the Centre will fulfil the demand (for fertilisers). The state government will also provide an additional stock of two lakh metric tonne fertiliser for the Kharif season.”
Moreover, the minister said,
“A state-wide campaign-cum-information sharing programme is underway through Krishi Kendras. Farmers are being trained on the use of fertilisers and cropping patterns Often farmers, during the first spell of rain, use up the entire fertiliser stock. They use the excess stock to ensure double production. But a long, dry spell between two showers can damage the seeds or crops. Therefore, farmers have to be trained against excess use of fertilisers.”
The government needs to take proper care from the beginning so that there is no shortage in the end for fertilizers including urea.
Source: The Indian Express