“There is ample production of fertiliser and no shortage across the country”, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya assured while virtually reviewing the status of fertiliser supply and availability across India with state agriculture ministers today. Agriculture ministers from 18 states participated in the review meeting.
Noting that management of fertiliser requirements of the farmers and agriculture sector was the collective responsibility of the Centre and states, Mandaviya expressed gratitude towards the state governments for collaborative efforts during the past few months to tide over the enhanced demand from farmers for Diammonium Phosphate (DAP). There has been seamless coordination between the Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Ministry and the states as a result of collective efforts, he added. The state agriculture ministers thanked the Union minister for fulfilling their fertiliser requirement during the past few months when demand for DAP had risen across many states.
He informed the state ministers that the Fertilizer Dashboard had been operational for the past two months, and the Control Room which had been working 24×7 for effective coordination between states and the Centre for ensuring adequate fertiliser availability in various districts. He urged the states to monitor supply on a daily basis on the ‘Fertilizer Dashboard’ for more effective and productive fertiliser management. “It is important to plan in advance and assess the district wise requirement on a weekly basis. There is an ample quantity of balance and unutilised fertiliser in various districts. Daily regular monitoring will inform us in advance for better management. The Centre has been supplying fertiliser to the states without any delay based on the requirement indicated by them”, he added. The Centre is working relentlessly to meet the urea requirement of the country in the forthcoming Rabi season, he assured.
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The Union Minister stated that it was important for the States to aggressively prevent any diversion of urea to industry (such as veneer, plywood etc.) to ensure adequate availability for the agriculture sector. He informed that as a result of aggressive and effective monitoring by the State administration, the movement of fertiliser across the borders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had been prevented. “It is important for the states to monitor that supply to farmers is not diverted to other sectors, thereby leading to false shortage”, he exhorted the states. He also urged the states for enhancing awareness and motivating the farmers for judicious use of fertilisers and reduction of wastage and misuse.
“Let us also explore options and promote the use of alternative fertilisers such as nano urea and organic fertilisers which protect the soil and are more productive; less amount of nano urea will be used contrary to the quantity used at present and contribute to higher nutrient use efficiency”, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya said at the review meeting. The nano-fertiliser holds great promise for application in plant nourishment because of its size-dependent qualities, high surface-volume ratio, and unique properties. IFFCO has started production of nano urea and the work on nano DAP is going on, the Union Minister informed.