Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 31:
Odisha is likely to face shortage of urea in the months of August and September, said Rajesh Sharma, secretary Agriculture here today.
“Till date, we are getting fertilizers almost as per our requirements. As of now, there is no shortage of fertilisers. We were discussing how to meet the peak period demand during the coming months of August and September. We have no problems of other fertilizers like DAP, MOP and complex. Whatever was estimated and we had demanded, we have got it. We are likely to have shortage of urea during August-September,” said Sharma briefing newsmen after the high level review meeting on the requirement of fertilizers for the Kharif season and problems in this area chaired by the Chief Minister at the state secretariat here today.
Sharma said, “We have taken up the issue with Government of India. We had asked for 1.75 lakh metric tonnes of urea by August, but we have received only 1.14 lakh metric tonnes till date. We have demanded for more”.
Keeping in mind the gravity of the situation Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked officials at the meeting to remain in touch with Centre in this regard.
Patnaik had written to Union Fertilizer and Chemicals Minister Anant Kumar on July 28 drawing his attention to the matter. But the state government is yet to receive any communication from the Centre on this account.
The Chief Minister directed officials to hold regular review meetings with Agriculture and Cooperation departments and fertilizer companies for maintaining stocks and its smooth distribution.
Patnaik emphasized on quick delivery of fertilizers to farmers, cutting down on release time from rake point to godowns, enforcing and ensuring delivery of fertilizers to farmers through primary agriculture cooperative societies.
The Chief Minister has asked district collectors to monitor and supervise smooth and effective distribution of fertilizers to farmers