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Centre cuts fertilizer allocation to State

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Allotment for July only 10,700 tonnes

State needs 22,995 tonnes of fertilizers a month

State’s needs being neglected, says Mullakkara

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After cut in grain quotas, the Centre has cut the allocation of fertilizers to the State. While Kerala requires 22,995 tonnes of complex fertilizers a month, the allotment for July was only 10,700 tonnes.

Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran said here on Saturday that the allotment was disappointing and reflected the neglect of the needs of the State by the Centre.

He had sent a fax message to Union Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals Ram Vilas Paswan seeking sufficient quantities of fertilizers for the State after he had held discussions with representatives of fertilizer manufacturing companies.

No factamfos

The Minister noted that the farmers of the State used factamfos in higher quantities. However, no factamfos had been allocated to Kerala, though it was produced by Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) in Kochi. Fertilizers made by other major manufacturers such as IFFCO and MCF had also been denied to Kerala.

The allocation was made from Coromandal Fertilizers which had not made supplies according to the allotments in the past.

Less urea too

Mr. Ratnakaran said that the Centre’s neglect was evident in the allocation of urea also.

The allotment was only 7,500 tonnes against the requirement of 9,685 tonnes. Even this would not be received, as SPIC, which was to supply it, had stopped production.

He said that he had again sent a fax to the Union Minister and requested the Managing Director of FACT to make more factamfos available. He had requested Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran to take steps to prevent the smuggling of factamfos out of the State.

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