Raipur: Farmers across the state are facing troubles due to low-supply of chemical fertilizers by the Central Government to the state as per demand for the current Rabi season. A total of 7 lakh 50 thousand metric tonnes of chemical fertilizer has been demanded from the Government of India for the current Rabi season, but in today’s situation, the state has got only 3 lakh 20 thousand metric tonnes of fertilizers.
Meanwhile, the Central Government has also cut the demand quota of chemical fertilizers of Chhattisgarh by 45 per cent. Against 7 lakh 50 thousand metric tonnes, the Center has given approval to supply only 4 lakh 11 thousand metric tonnes of chemical fertilizers. This has created a situation of shortage of chemical fertilizers in the state. Despite this, all possible efforts are being made to make chemical fertilizers available to the farmers through societies.
According to the information received from the Chhattisgarh State Marketing Association, the state of Chhattisgarh has so far received 1,17,522 metric tonnes of urea, which is only 34 per cent of the state’s demand. Similarly, Chhattisgarh has got only 28 per cent of DAP, 53 per cent of Potash, and 43 per cent NPK complex.
A target has been set in Chhattisgarh of sowing various crops in 18 lakh 50 thousand hectares in the Rabi season. An area of 15 lakh 76 thousand hectares have been covered so far. Government of Chhattisgarh has sent a demand for 7.50 lakh metric tonnes of chemical fertilizers to the Government of India, including 3.50 lakh metric tonnes of urea, 2 lakh metric tonnes DAP, 50 thousand metric tonnes Potash, 75 thousand metric tonnes NPK Complex and 75 thousand metric tonnes super phosphate (ash). Against the demand only 4,11,000 metric tonnes was approved by the Government of India, which is 55 per cent of the demand of the state of Chhattisgarh. This is very much less than the demand of the state.
The state has received only 93,214 metric tonnes of chemical fertilizers in the cooperative sector for the current Rabi season, which is 39 per cent less than the amount of 1,52,027 metric tonnes, received in the corresponding period last year. Chhattisgarh has got only 31,500 metric tonnes of urea, which is 15 percent less than last year. Over 19,434 MT DAP has been received, which is 68 per cent less than last year. This year only 4,191 MT of potash has been received, which is 74 per cent less than last year’s 15,847 MT. Similarly, there is less supply of NPK complex as compared to last year.