Fertilizing the plant

The Centre harassed on Monday that the provision of fertilizers throughout the present Kharif (summer-sown) season is greater than the estimated demand, including that its subsidy for this fiscal yr could rise to round Rs 2.5 lakh crore to make sure that farmers obtain crop vitamins at closely sponsored charges.

The Centre additionally said that it’ll take strict motion towards crop nutrient hoarding and requested states to watch fertilizer motion. It additionally directed states to offer correct data to farmers to be able to keep away from panic shopping for.

According to an official assertion, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya collectively chaired a digital evaluate assembly with state/UT agriculture ministers on the scenario of fertilizers.

“With the government’s proactive steps in pre-positioning urea, DAP, NPK, and other fertilizers supply, we currently have more stock for a supply of fertilizers for this Kharif season than demand,” Mandaviya stated on the event.

He additionally suggested states to proceed offering farmers with enough and correct details about availability to be able to keep away from creating panic or misinformation about fertilizer shares.

Despite the pandemic and rising uncooked materials costs on a worldwide scale, Mandaviya claims that the Centre has managed to maintain fertilizer costs inexpensive by growing subsidies, guaranteeing that farmers don’t undergo.”

Farmers will obtain roughly Rs 2.5 lakh crore in subsidies this yr. We ought to make plans to make sure that fertilizers are utilized in a balanced method on the floor degree “Mandaviya defined. Last fiscal, the entire fertilizer subsidy was round Rs 1.62 lakh crore.

The Union Cabinet lately authorised Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) charges for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&Ok) fertilizers for the Kharif Season – 2022. (from April 1 to September 30). The Cabinet authorised a subsidy of Rs 60,939.23 crore for the NBS Kharif-2022.

The minister additionally urged states to maintain monitor of how a lot fertilizer is out there and wanted at every district degree, in addition to how a lot inventory every farmer has bought, to be able to keep away from malpractices comparable to black-marketing.

Mandaviya emphasised the significance of combating malpractices comparable to hoarding, black-marketing, and fertilizer diversion, and said that the federal government will take strict motion in such instances.

He additionally urged states to coach farmers on current traits within the fertilizer market, in addition to various fertilizers and agricultural practices comparable to the usage of nano urea and natural farming.

According to Mandaviya, the rise in worldwide costs of DAP and its uncooked supplies has primarily been absorbed by the Union authorities. The Centre has determined to offer a subsidy of Rs 2,501 per bag on DAP, fairly than the present subsidy of Rs 1,650 per bag, representing a 50% improve over the earlier yr’s subsidy charges.

The Union minister additionally suggested states to conduct micro-planning of fertilizer motion throughout the states strictly in accordance with the necessities, in addition to well timed unloading of rakes for higher rolling inventory utilization.

Tomar said that agriculture is a crucial trade that employs numerous folks.

“We are committed to providing assistance to agriculture, which is a priority for us. We have always worked to strengthen this sector, whether through investment, the Kisan Credit Card, insurance schemes, crop diversification, or horticulture. We are always at the forefront of agricultural production and are a global leader “He said. “

Fertilizer is a crucial element of agricultural manufacturing, and our aim is to scale back our reliance on numerous fertilizer imports. We are dedicated, beneath the management of the Prime Minister, to making sure the provision of inexpensive fertilizers for our farmers “Tomar said.

Through producers/importers, the Centre makes fertilizers, specifically urea and 25 grades of P&Ok fertilizers, obtainable to farmers at sponsored costs. With impact from April 2010, the NBS Scheme governs the subsidy on P&Ok fertilizers.

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First revealed on: 03 May 2022, 07:30 IST



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