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Plea For Adequate Fertilizer

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya for adequate supply of fertilizers during ensuing Kharif-2022.

First, the Chief Minister thanked the Department of Fertilizers for ensuring supply of Urea as per the requirement of Odisha State up to the end of July. However, there is a severe shortfall in supply of DAP and shortfall in supply of MOP to the State against the requirement, he said.

During the current Kharif season as on July 31, 2022, the overall availability of DAP has been 69 per cent against-the pro rata requirement with a shortfall of 46,877 MT (metric tonnes), he said.

As on July 31, 2022, there is a shortfall of 46,877 MT of DAP and 1010 MT of MOP in the State.

“There is a huge demand for these fertilizers as there has been a good spell of monsoon after a thy spell which has triggered the agricultural operations to a full swing,” pointed out the CM.

Mr.Patnaik also mentioned that the State has suffered a loss in crop production during the previous year due to natural calamities like YAAS, JAWAD and GULAB.

It is envisaged to make good the loss with a good harvest expecting a near normal monsoon in line with the forecast of IMD. Therefore, supply of this most critical input fertilizer should be as per the requirement, he said.

As the August-September month happens to be the peak demand period for different fertilizers, he said, a short supply during this juncture would adversely affect the agricultural production in the State.

Naveen sought personal intervention of the Union Minister for enabling the supply of the fertilizers to the State as per monthly requirement including the backlog of the previous months in the greater interest of the farmers.