Meghalaya government lifts fertilizer ban and will provide 50% subsidy to farmers


The Meghalaya State Cooperative Marketing and Consumers’ Federation Limited, a division of the Cooperative Department, would ultimately handle the distribution of these fertilizers.

The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government on Thursday announced its intention to lift the ban on the use of fertilizers and provide a 50% subsidy to farmers for the purchase of such fertilizers, which has the state’s farming community sighed with relief.

However, the government has chosen to simultaneously raise awareness of the need to replace the use of fertilizers in order to further encourage organic farming.

The decision was made in response to repeated requests from the farmers’ association following the 2014 fertilizer restriction, which negatively impacted the state’s farming community’s ability to produce and generate income.

The government has agreed to lift the ban imposed on the supply of fertilizer to Meghalaya state by the government under the leadership of Dr Mukul Sangma in 2014, according to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, who met the delegation farmers. association on Thursday.

He said as of today, August 9, Meghalayan fertilizer suppliers are now allowed to do so, adding that “interested stakeholders, farmers, can now acquire these fertilizers.”

He claims that because the Indian government’s Department of Fertilizer regulates it, the fertilizer is a controlled item.

Tynsong added that he and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma would actively urge the relevant ministry in Delhi next week to establish a separate quota for Meghalaya state to ensure steady supply of fertilizer.

The Meghalaya State Cooperative Marketing and Consumers’ Federation Limited (MeCOFED), a division of the Cooperative Department, would ultimately handle the distribution of these fertilizers.

He added that the fertilizer shortage that started in 2014 and has continued to this day has forced all farmers to buy fertilizer on the black market or otherwise illegally and the cost has risen to four or five times over the original price.

The Deputy Chief Minister further announced the government’s decision to extend a 50% subsidy for the purchase of fertilizer.

When asked how much the fertilizer restriction had hurt productivity, Tynsong replied, “Overall, we found that the percentage of production has gone down from 2014 to present. For example, if a farmer produces 100 kg of potatoes when he applies fertilizer but less fertilizer, this production percentage has dropped to only 60 kg. Some of them are 50 kg so the reduction is so huge that the cries of the farmers are highly justified. Therefore, the government made this decision.

According to the deputy chief minister, although the government has taken this decision, the agriculture department has been asked to raise awareness by organizing more workshops and seminars at the local level to identify strategies for replacing fertilizers in time. desired.

He added, “With the help of technology and expert agricultural officers, I have to say this is the era of transition where farmers also need to find ways and means. I’m sure we can find a substitute for using fertilizer.”

First published: August 19, 2022, 11:47 a.m. IST


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