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Government assures to ensure availability of fertilizers in Kharif season

New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) The Center on Monday asserted that the availability of fertilizers during the current kharif (summer sowing) season is more than the estimated demand. In order to ensure availability of crop nutrient (fertilizer) to the farmers at highly subsidized rates, the amount of government subsidy may increase to about Rs 2.5 lakh crore in the current financial year.

The Center further said that it will take strict action against hoarding of crop nutrients. He asked the states to monitor the movement of fertilizers. States have also been asked to provide accurate information to farmers to ensure that no panic buying situation arises.

According to an official statement, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya jointly chaired a review meeting on the status of fertilizers with agriculture ministers of states and union territories.

Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya said, “With the proactive initiatives of the government in the supply of Urea, DAP and NPK and other fertilizers, at present we have more stock for supply of fertilizers than the demand for this Kharif season.” ‘

He advised the states to keep on providing adequate and accurate information regarding availability to the farmers and not to create panic buying situation or give false information regarding fertilizer stock.

Mandaviya said that despite the pandemic and the rise in raw material prices internationally, the Center has managed to keep fertilizer prices affordable by increasing subsidies so that farmers do not suffer.

“This year, a subsidy of about Rs 2.5 lakh crore will be given to the farmers. We should plan so that there is a balanced use of fertilizers.

The total fertilizer subsidy in the last financial year was around Rs 1.62 lakh crore.

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