Jharkhand farmers who’ve sown 16.66% extra vegetation this kharif season in comparison to earlier yr, have alleged going through scarcity of fertilizer, or being compelled to shop for it at a top worth by way of sellers on the the most important time of elevating crops.
On the other hand, the state agriculture division stated the location was once created by way of sellers to lift benefit. Taking motion, the dept has suspended greater than 500 such sellers on fees of anomalies in fertilizer distribution, officers claimed.
Ram Prasad, 50, a farmer from Hazaribag, stated, “The fertilizer is being offered at top worth right here. A pack, which incorporates 45 kg, of urea is being offered at Rs 340 to Rs 360, whilst the real worth of the pack is round Rs 270. The outlets don’t give any money memo.”
Any other farmer from Ramgarh district, Raju Mahto, 45, stated, “Sellers pressure us to shop for non-subsidized chemical compounds reminiscent of calcium or gypsum at the side of the backed fertilizer, which will increase the full costs.”
On Tuesday, farmers from dozens of villages beneath Hussainbad block of Palamu district created ruckus for now not getting fertilizer. The farmers alleged that they had been referred to as by way of a store at a spot in Gamahria at 9am for fertilizer. On the other hand, even after looking ahead to greater than 3 hours, the distribution of fertilizer didn’t get started. Later, agriculture officer Avinash Kumar satisfied the farmers and began the distribution.
Farmers stated if they didn’t get fertilizer in time, they could undergo harvest loss, regardless of attaining a report sowing this yr.
Farmers of the state have sown kharif vegetation in 25 lakh hectares of space towards the objective of 28.27 lakh hectare this yr. The sown protection greater by way of 4.72 lakh hectare this yr in comparison to the former yr. In a similar way, paddy sowing protection this yr remained at 21.86% greater than the former yr. General paddy sowing protection in 2019 was once 74.29%, which reached 96.15% this yr.
It’s to be famous that Jharkhand underwent a drought state of affairs within the earlier kharif season. On the other hand, the drought-hit farmers didn’t obtain any assist neither from the state nor Centre for his or her crop loss. The state executive had asked for drought aid for 55 blocks in seven districts from the Centre in Might this yr, which was once rejected because the time limit for in the hunt for drought aid expired on October 31 final yr.
State agriculture division director Manoj Kumar stated, “There is not any scarcity of fertilizer in any a part of the state. We now have greater than enough fertilizer, together with urea. The to be had inventory of fertilizer we now have at the moment is over 90,000 metric tonne, together with 36,000 metric tonne inventory of urea, which is greater than the requirement of September month.”
Kumar stated they, alternatively, have won court cases of man-made disaster, fertilizer being offered at upper costs at many puts and at some puts sellers forcing farmers to shop for non-subsidized chemical compounds at the side of urea or different backed fertilizer. “We now have taken these types of problems severely. Greater than 500 outlets were suspended up to now on fees of irregularities in fertilizer distribution,” he stated.
Kumar stated district agriculture officials (DAO) are the licensing authority for the outlets and they’ve been directed to take quick motion when such instances seem.
“The suspended outlets charged that they get the fertilizer at a top worth from wholesalers. So, they offer it at a top worth to farmers. I’ve directed all of the joint administrators to be within the box for the following 10 days from Friday and check out the wholesalers. If any wholesaler is located promoting backed fertilizer at a top worth, his licence can be cancelled,” Kumar stated.