Adilabad Agirculture officials forecast good tidings for farmers this kharif
There may be less heartburn for farmers this year as dealers expect the supply of fertilizer to be adequate owing to sufficient stocks of Urea and Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) being maintained by the government this year. The dealers even expect the price of DAP to go down a bit from the present Rs. 1,260 a bag.
Adilabad district, with about 6.25 lakh hectares to be brought under cultivation during the ensuing kharif, is one of the largest consumers of fertilizer and witnesses short supply of the synthetic manures every year. The Agriculture Department has pegged the requirement until September at 1.26 lakh tonnes of urea, 80,000 tonnes of DAP, 50,000 tonnes of complex fertilizer and 32,000 tonnes of Potash.
“We already have leftover stocks of about 10,000 tonnes of DAP besides the 25,000 tonnes of complex fertilizer with private dealers. About 3,500 tonnes of urea has been positioned in godowns at present and more is on its way,” says an official of the Agriculture Department while predicting good tidings for farmers.
“The government should check smuggling of fertilizer to Maharashtra to avoid artificial shortages. There is good demand for urea in the cotton belt in Maharashtra,” cautions farmer Gaddma Subhash Reddy of Laxmipur .
Urea commands good price in the neighbouring State where the conditions with regard to supply of fertilizer is almost similar to Adilabad. “A bag of urea costing Rs. 280 here sells for Rs. 400 in black market in places like Patan Bori across the border,” Subhash Reddy points out.
“Another important aspect which the Agriculture Department needs to take care of is getting the periodical quota of fertilizer released in time. Often delay in getting the quota released in time makes things difficult for farmers,” warns farmer and cotton commission agent Addi Ramchander Reddy.
He also wants the government to address the problem of shortage of storage space. “The insufficient godown space often slows down the arrivals of the chemical fertilizer,” he adds.
Dealers say the price of DAP may fall from the present Rs. 1,260 a bag State should check smuggling of fertilizer to Maharashtra to avoid artificial shortages: farmer
Dealers say the price of DAP may fall from the present Rs. 1,260 a bag
State should check smuggling of fertilizer to Maharashtra to avoid artificial shortages: farmer