Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers M.K. Azhagiri has assured Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa that the State would not face any shortage of fertilizers during the kharif season this year.

In a communication to the Chief Minister, the Union Minister said the Department of Fertilizers was geared to supply the required 8 lakh tonnes of urea for the kharif season. As against the cumulative requirement of four lakh tonnes of urea up to July 31, the State had received 2.80 lakh tonnes. The balance would be delivered in July, a statement issued here on Thursday said.

The Department of Fertilizers was ready to supply urea even above the required quantities, if the State was prepared to buy it against firm indents. This would improve the comfort level of urea availability and farmers need not resort to any panic buying, the statement said.

Karnataka has received 4.10 lakh tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate as against its cumulative requirement of 3.13 tonnes up to July 31. Another one lakh tonnes of DAP would be supplied by July-end.

Similarly, the State had received 2.90 lakh tonnes of complex fertilizers as against its requirement of 3.60 lakh tonnes up to July. The State would get another 20,000 tonnes of complex by the month-end. To mitigate any perceived shortage of complexes, the State would get almost two lakh tonnes of DAP over and above its entitlement up to July.

With regard to MOP, 1.42 lakh tonnes of MOP had been delivered as against its requirement of 1.62 lakh tonnes and the balance quantity would be supply by July.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Labour and Employment, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa met Mr. Azhagiri to discuss the availability of fertilizers, especially urea, in Karnataka.

Mr. Azhagiri told the Ministers that the State Government should take steps to check local malpractices of hoarding and sale in black market.