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Govt dismisses fertilizer shortage reports; encourages farmers to adopt ‘complex manure’

Bengaluru, Oct 28: The government on Thursday dismissed reports about a shortage of fertilizers in the country and called upon the farm community to transit towards complex manure in place of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP).

Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba said there are adequate stocks of fertilizers available in the country, and in Karnataka alone, the availability is around 22 lakh metric tonnes.

Talking to media persons in Bengaluru, Khuba termed the alleged shortage of fertilizers as false and baseless and requested farmers not to believe the rumours.

“As the Minister in charge of the Department of Fertilizers, I assure farmers that they will be made available the amount of fertilizer they require”, he said.

Referring to nano urea, the Minister the production has increased this year and production of nano DAP will start from next year.

While 22 lakh metric tonnes of urea is available in Karnataka, he said another 2 lakh metric tonnes of DAP requirement will be met in the rabi season.

We have taken action in two factories.” The Union Minister added that the Monsoon season has seen good rainfall throughout the state of Karnataka and 78.51 lakh hectares of land has been sown. The supply of input material needed for sowing has been adequately addressed by the state. Arrangements have been made to supply fertilizers to the districts as a share of the central government”, he stated.

Khuba stressed on use of ‘complex fertilizers’ for the benefit of the farmers as it gives better results than DAP.

“Complex fertilizer use has been increasing in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Karnataka in past two years. This is why the government is recommending the purchase of complex manure instead of DAP.”

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