Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 28:
The Odisha government has urged the Centre for additional allocation of Urea for the month of August to meet its requirement for the remaining Kharif season this year.
In a letter to Union Chemicals and Fertilizers minister Ananth Kumar today, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said the Centre had allocated 9.80 lakh MT of different varieties of fertilizers for Odisha during Kharif-2015.
Subsequently, on the request of the state government, the Agriculture Ministry had enhanced the allocation of fertilizers to 10.75 lakh MT, which included 5.25 lakh MT of Urea.
Against 5.25 lakh MT of Urea, the state has received about 1.40 lakh MT till the end of June while The allocation for the month of July was 1.51 lakh MT.
In other words, Odisha is due to receive 2.34 lakh MT of Urea during the remaining Kharif season for August and September, Patnaik reminded.
As Odisha has received good rainfall during June and July and the agricultural operations are in full swing, there is an increased demand for fertilizers. On the request of state government, the ministry had made adequate allocation of fertilizers for the month of July while the state government is also making efforts to ensure lifting of the allocated quantity of fertilizers and smooth distribution.
The chief minister said his government on July 23 this year had requested the Union secretary for Fertilizers for allocation of 1.75 lakh MT of Urea for August against which the Ministry has made an allocation of only 1.14 lakh MT of Urea.
“This would be grossly inadequate to meet the requirements of the farmers of the state as short supply of Urea during the peak agricultural operation period will not only affect the productivity of the crops, but also lead to law and order problems,” Patnaik said and requested the Union minister to enhance the allocation of Urea from 1.14 lakh MT to 1.75 lakh MT for the month of August considering the genuine need of the farming community of Odisha.