The Government of India has assured adequate supply of urea to the state of Telangana for ongoing Kharif season. “Adequate availability of fertilisers has been ensured during the ongoing Kharif season and my ministry is monitoring the supplies very closely,” Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, DV Sadananda Gowda said Tuesday.
Agriculture Minister of Telangana Singireddy Niranjan Reddy met Gowda in New Delhi Tuesday regarding availability of urea in the state. Reddy said that the sales of urea have seen substantial jump this Kharif season as compared to that of last year on the back of increase in acreage under cultivation in the state. He urged for speeding up supply of urea to Telangana during ongoing month.
Gowda said that Department of Fertilizers is monitoring the urea supplies to the state very closely and as well as through the weekly video conference. There is day to day interaction among officials and every issue highlighted is being addressed on top most priority, the Ministry has said.
He said, necessary directions have already been issued to ensure the supplies as per the agreed plan which is being monitored closely.
Gowda requested Telangana government to ensure the data about sales, availability and stocks are updated timely on iFMS dashboard so as to get real picture about availability of fertilisers on real time basis. He assured that supply will be strengthened, and the department will continue to make efforts to ensure urea is available in adequate quantity to the farmers of Telangana as per requirement.
For the state, the requirement projected for the entire Kharif 2020 season is 10 lakh metric tonne. Correspondingly, the requirement from April 1, 2020 to August 16, was 6.79 lakh metric tonne against which the Department of Fertilizers has ensured an availability of 9.04 lakh MT, including the opening stock of 4.01 lakh MT, the Ministry of Fertilizers & Chemicals has said.
According to the ministry, During the ongoing month of August against the projected requirement of 2.50 lakh MT, Department of Fertilizers has ensured availability of 3.38 lakh MT, including opening stock of 2.67 lakh MT. The stock of urea available as on 16.08.2020 in Telangana is 1.76 lakh MT which is sufficient to meet the remaining requirement of the current month which is projected as 1.20 lakh MT.