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Farmers preparing their fields for paddy transplantation under Addanki branch canal of Nagarjuna Sagar project in Prakasam district
Farmers preparing their fields for paddy transplantation under Addanki branch canal of Nagarjuna Sagar project in Prakasam district

Special Correspondent

‘Enough quantity of fertilizer as recommended supplied’

Only one bag of complex fertilizer needed for one acre, says an official

Farmers of the area are accustomed to using three bags an acre

ONGOLE: Facing acute shortage of fertilizers, farmers are gearing up themselves to raise paddy in Nagarjuna Sagar delta of Prakasam district under `testing` circumstances this year.While farmers clamour for more fertilizers, agricultural officials contend that they have supplied enough quantity of fertilizers to meet the nutritional requirements of the plants as recommended by agricultural scientists. An agricultural officer said on condition of anonymity that farmers need only one bag of complex fertilizer to raise paddy on one acre and their needs have already been fulfilled. But farmers have got accustomed to three bags per acre which the Government is not able to supply this year due to steep increase in import cost and subsidy burden of phosphorous fertilizer.

The agricultural official said that there was no dearth of urea and potash fertilizers which are available in the open market without any problem. There is some problem with phosphorous fertilizer. As the import cost has increased considerably, Godavari and other fertilizer companies were closed down leading to shortage of phosphorous fertilizer.

But steps have been taken to meet phosphorous needs through diammonium phosphate which is available in required quantity. There is 20 per cent shortage only in supply of complex fertilizers which they are trying to meet by Oct 25. There is no need for farmers to worry that their yields would suffer for want of adequate supply of fertilizers, assert agricultural officers. In fact, it would be a testing year. As farmers are forced to use less fertilizer this year, they would be able to realize that there is no impact on their yields. The agricultural officers with all their extension work were not able to educate or convince the farmers to reduce fertilizer consumption all these years. “But the compelling circumstances would be able to do better job”, the officer quipped.



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