Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandviya to esnure adequate supply of fertilizers to the state.
In a letter to the Union Minister, the Chief Minister has sought his personal intervention to address the short supply of fertilisers to Odisha against monthly allocation during ongoing Kharif, 2021.
“I request your personal intervention in the matter for supply of fertilizers to the state as per the monthly agreed supply plan including the backlog of the previous months for smooth distribution in the greater interest of the farmers,” said Patnaik in a letter.
He said during the current May, June and July months, there has been a short supply of different fertilizers.
During the Kharif till date, the state has received only 1,45,145 MT of urea against the allocation of 2,31,530 MT and agreed supply plan of 1,45,000MT.
“The farmers in the state have suffered severe crop loss due to recent YAAS and cyclonic storms during the previous years. Therefore to optimize their production the supply of the most critical input i.e. fertilizer should be as per requirement.
As mid-July to September is the peak consumption period for urea in the state and July to August is the peak period of demand for all other fertilizers, the short supply of fertilizers to the state at this juncture will adversely affect the agricultural production in the state and unnecessarily invite law and order situation in most of the districts,” said the Chief Minister.