Staff Reporter

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

In a communication to the Chief Minister, Mr. Azhagiri has said that the Department of Fertilizer was fully geared to supply the entire requirement of 8 lakh tonnes of urea for the kharif season. As against the cumulative requirement of 4 lakh tonnes of urea up to July 31, Karnataka had already received 2.80 lakh tonnes. The balance would be delivered during July itself, a statement issued here on Thursday said.

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

Karnataka received 4.10 lakh tonnes of Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) against its cumulative requirement of 3.13 tonnes upto July 31. Another one lakh tonnes of DAP would be supplied by July-end. Similarly, the State received 2.90 lakh tonnes of complex fertilizers as against its requirement of 3.60 lakh tonnes upto July. The State would also get another 20,000 tonnes of complex by the month-end. In order to mitigate any perceived shortage of complexes, the State would get almost 2 lakh tonnes of DAP over and above its entitlement up to July.

With regard to MOP (muriate of potash), 1.42 lakh tonnes had been delivered as against requirement of 1.62 lakh tonnes and the balance would be supplied 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 immediate pro-active steps to check hoarding and black marketing.