Odisha farmers feel fertilizer shortage during Kharif cropping season – Reuters

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By Express press service

KENDRAPARA: The fate of a large number of farmers is at stake as fertilizer has become a scarce commodity during the Kharif paddy growing season. Thousands of farmers in the district are struggling to get the required amount of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea. Sources said farming activities have already accelerated and the shortage of fertilizer could be fatal for farmers.

Niranjan Adhikari, a farmer from Bagada who owns four acres of land, said, “I went to Kendrapara town to buy fertilizer on Friday, but to no avail. Our livelihood is at stake. Several appeals to the authorities concerned for the supply of fertilizer have fallen on deaf ears. If the agriculture department fails to provide an adequate stock of fertilizer, the saplings in the paddy fields will die, he said.

Sources said farmers are already struggling due to poor rainfall in June and July. The shortage of fertilizer added to their misery. Chief Farmer, Bijaya Parida, said the shortage of fertilizer was affecting the timely sowing of paddy crops in the district. Many farmers are forced to purchase substandard, fake DAP and urea at exorbitant prices from black dealers and illicit hoarders. “We demand the immediate release of more fertilizers as any delay will lead to wilting of the sown crops and farmers will suffer huge losses,” Parida added.

When contacted, District Agriculture Officer Manoranjan Roul told Kendrapara that farmers have grown paddy on over 1,23,000 hectares of land for which they need about 5,429.37 tons of fertilizer. . “We have already received 3,930 tonnes of fertilizer from the government. More stock will arrive soon. Roul further said that out of 121 cooperative societies, only 57 collected fertilizer from the district agriculture office. Strict action would be taken against those involved in selling fake fertilizers.

KENDRAPARA: The fate of a large number of farmers is at stake as fertilizer has become a scarce commodity during the Kharif paddy growing season. Thousands of farmers in the district are struggling to get the required amount of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea. Sources said farming activities have already accelerated and the shortage of fertilizer could be fatal for farmers. Niranjan Adhikari, a farmer from Bagada who owns four acres of land, said, “I went to Kendrapara town to buy fertilizer on Friday, but to no avail. Our livelihood is at stake. Several appeals to the authorities concerned for the supply of fertilizer have fallen on deaf ears. If the agriculture department fails to provide an adequate stock of fertilizer, the saplings in the paddy fields will die, he said. Sources said farmers are already struggling due to poor rainfall in June and July. The shortage of fertilizer added to their misery. Chief Farmer, Bijaya Parida, said the shortage of fertilizer was affecting the timely sowing of paddy crops in the district. Many farmers are forced to purchase substandard, fake DAP and urea at exorbitant prices from black dealers and illicit hoarders. “We demand the immediate release of more fertilizers as any delay will lead to wilting of the sown crops and farmers will suffer huge losses,” Parida added. When contacted, District Agriculture Officer Manoranjan Roul told Kendrapara that farmers have grown paddy on over 1,23,000 hectares of land for which they need about 5,429.37 tons of fertilizer. . “We have already received 3,930 tonnes of fertilizer from the government. More stock will arrive soon. Roul further said that out of 121 cooperative societies, only 57 collected fertilizer from the district agriculture office. Strict action would be taken against those involved in selling fake fertilizers.

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