Staff Reporter

Requisite quantity kept ready to meet the needs of farmers in the ensuing kharif

NALGONDA: With a view to ensuring adequate supply of fertilizer to farmers in the ensuing kharif season, the Agriculture Department has prepared an action plan to meet the requirement and avoid shortage of stocks.

Record production

The district registered record paddy production to the tune of over 8.87 lakh tonnes in the just concluded Rabi season due to factors like creation of additional ayacut under Musi river and supply of water for the second crop from Nagarjunasagar.

Paddy purchase

According to official sources, an estimated 6,31,763 tonnes of paddy was purchased by the Food Corporation of India, Civil Supplies Department and the Indira Kranthi Pathakam groups besides the millers.

The Indira Kranthi Pathakam groups purchased 1,76,212 tonnes of paddy, which according to the officials was the highest procurement by the IKP groups in the State.

In this backdrop, the departments concerned devised a plan of action in anticipation of increased requirement of fertilizer in the kharif season keeping in view the shortage of stocks faced in some parts of the district in the last kharif.

Requirement

The requirement of fertilizer in June is estimated at 13,782 tonnes of urea, 12,325 tonnes of DAP, 18,601 tonnes of complexes and 4,570 tonnes of MoP for crops estimated to be cultivated in 1,26,600 hectares.

Speaking to The Hindu, Collector M. Purushotham Reddy said that the requisite quantity of fertilizers was kept available to meet the needs of the farmers in the kharif.

Action plans have been prepared identifying crop-wise requirement, he said.

Monitoring

The departments concerned have been monitoring the availability of the stock position constantly to ensure prompt supply of fertilizer in time, the Collector said.