Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday wrote to Union chemicals and fertilizers minister Mansukh Mandaviya over short supply of fertilizers to the State.
Patnaik thanked the minister for the allocation of fertilizers in the monthly movement supply plans as per the requirement of the State and supply during the month of April. However, during the month of May, June & July there has been severe short supply of different fertilizers, he said.
During the current Kharif season, till date, the State has received only 1,45,145 MT of urea against the allocation of 2,31,530 MT and agreed supply plan of 2,10,000 MT.
Similarly, during the period, the State has received 97,763 MT of DAP against the allocation of 1,52,000 MT and agreed supply plan of 1,45,000 MT, the chief minister stated.
In his letter, Patnaik further mentioned that 42,867 MT of MOP and 1,05,798 MT of NPKS has been supplied against the allocation of 67,200 MT and 1,68,400 and agreed supply plan of 60,000 MT and 1,42,000 MT, respectively.
Overall the supply of urea has been 62 per cent against the allocation and 69 per cent against the agreed supply plan. For other fertilizers, the supply amount stands in between 60 per cent and 74 per cent, he further said.
“The farmers in the State have suffered severe crop loss due to recent YAAS and several cyclonic storms during the previous years. Therefore to optimize their production the supply of the most critical input i.e. fertilizer should be as per requirement,” he wrote to Mandaviya.
As mid-July to September is the peak consumption period for urea and July to August is the peak period of demand for all other fertilizers, Patnaik said the short supply of fertilizers to the State at this juncture will adversely affect the agricultural production in the State and unnecessarily invite law and order situation in most of the districts.
He sought personal intervention of the Union minister for supply of fertilizers as per the monthly agreed supply plan including the backlog of the previous months.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs met the Union Minister in New Delhi today and handed over a memorandum demanding supply of fertilizers for the farmers of Odisha.
While fertilizers are one of the most important agricultural inputs for the farmers but it has been in short supply in Odisha for the months of May, June and July, 2021. While requirement for Urea is 2.1 lakh Metric Ton (MT) only 1.45 lakh MT has been received. Similarly for DAP while 1.45 lakh MT is the requirement, only 0.97 lakh MT has been received. For MOP while 60,000 MT is the requirement only 42,867 MT has been provided and for NPKS while 1.42 lakh MT is the requirement, only 1.05 lakh MT has been provided in Kharif-2021.
The delegation stated that there is a short supply of fertilizers to Odisha for the Kharif-2021. Lakhs of farmers are awaiting the fertilizers eagerly in the State. With the monsoon intensifying, the agricultural activities have speeded up and the demand for the fertilizers have peaked. The farmers in Odisha are getting distressed. Generally, mid-July to mid-September is the peak consumption period of different fertilizers especially Urea. In the present scenario due to short supply of fertilizers against the monthly requirement, Odisha faces problem for adequate distribution of fertilizers to the districts at the juncture of peak consumption period.
The MPs from Odisha requested Mandaviya for his personal intervention for ensuring that the farmers of Odisha are provided the required amount of fertilizers as per the monthly allocation during ongoing Kharif-2021.
The delegation also stressed that under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Odisha has seen rapid transformational growth in the agricultural sector and farmer’s welfare. And as public representatives from Odisha, they strongly believe that the farmers are pride and agriculture is the lifeline of India and providing fertilizers at the right time is extremely crucial.