Kharif season: Govt assures on fertiliser availability throughout Kharif season; says subsidy could rise to Rs 2.5 lakh cr this fiscal


The Centre on Monday careworn that availability of fertilisers through the present Kharif (summer-sown) season is greater than the estimated demand, including that its subsidy for this fiscal would possibly improve to round Rs 2.5 lakh crore to make sure that farmers get crop vitamins at extremely subsidised charges.

The Centre additional mentioned it should take strict motion towards hoarding of crop vitamins and requested states to observe fertiliser motion. It additionally advised states to offer correct data to farmers for making certain there isn’t a panic shopping for.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chemical compounds and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya collectively chaired a overview assembly just about on the state of affairs of fertilisers with the agriculture ministers of states/UTs, in accordance with an official assertion.

Talking on the event, Mandaviya mentioned, “With the federal government’s proactive steps in pre-positioning urea, DAP and NPK and different fertilisers provide, at present, we’ve got extra inventory for provide of fertilizers for this kharif season than the demand.”

He additionally suggested states to maintain offering farmers with ample and correct data relating to availability and never create both a panic state of affairs or misinformation associated to fertiliser shares.

Regardless of the pandemic and rise in costs of uncooked supplies at worldwide degree, Mandaviya mentioned the Centre has managed to maintain fertiliser costs reasonably priced by rising subsidies in order that farmers don’t endure.

“This yr, round Rs 2.5 lakh crore subsidy will likely be given to farmers. We must always make plans in order that the fertilizers are utilized at a balanced degree at floor degree,” Mandaviya mentioned.

The whole fertiliser subsidy stood at round Rs 1.62 lakh crore final fiscal.

Just lately, the Union Cupboard accredited Nutrient Primarily based Subsidy (NBS) charges for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&Okay) fertilisers for Kharif Season – 2022 (from April 1 to September 30). The subsidy accredited by the Cupboard for the NBS Kharif-2022 was Rs 60,939.23 crore.

The minister additional urged states to pay attention to how a lot fertilisers can be found and wanted at every district degree, and control how a lot inventory every farmer has purchased with a purpose to keep away from malpractices like black-marketing.

Stressing on the necessity to sort out malpractices like hoarding, black-marketing or diversion of fertilisers, Mandaviya mentioned the federal government will take strict motion in case of such eventualities.

He additionally urged states to make farmers conscious of current tendencies within the fertilisers market and alternate fertilisers and agriculture practices like use of nano urea and natural farming.

Mandaviya mentioned the rise within the worldwide costs of DAP and its uncooked supplies have been primarily absorbed by the Union authorities. The Centre has determined to offer a subsidy of Rs 2,501 per bag on DAP as a substitute of the prevailing subsidy of Rs 1,650 per bag, which is a 50 per cent improve over the past yr’s subsidy charges.

The Union minister additionally suggested states to undertake micro-planning of fertiliser motion throughout the states strictly as per the requirement and do well timed unloading of rakes for higher utilisation of the rolling inventory.

Tomar acknowledged that agriculture is an important sector offering employment to a big inhabitants.

“We’re dedicated to offer assist for agriculture, which is a precedence sector for us. Be it funding, Kisan Credit score Card, insurance coverage schemes, crop diversification, horticulture, we’ve got all the time labored to strengthen this sector. In agricultural manufacturing, we’re all the time main and are a worldwide chief,” he mentioned.

“Fertiliser is a crucial part of agriculture manufacturing and our goal is to scale back import dependency on numerous fertilisers. Underneath the management of Hon’ble Prime Minister, we’re dedicated to making sure availability of reasonably priced fertilizers to our farmers,” Tomar mentioned.

The Centre is making accessible fertilisers, specifically urea and 25 grades of P&Okay fertilisers to farmers, at sponsored costs by means of producers/ importers.

The subsidy on P&Okay fertilisers is being ruled by the NBS Scheme with impact from April 2010.

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