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Mandaviya holds review meeting on fertilisers, claims no shortage and ample production

Indian Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Mansukh Mandaviya holding a virtual review meeting on availability of fertilisers with Agriculture Ministers of 18 states, in New Delhi on November 23, 2021. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, Nov 23 (MNN) Indian Chemicals and Fertiliser Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday held a virtual review meeting on availability of fertilisers with Agriculture Ministers of 18 states and claimed ample production of fertilisers and no shortage across the country.

He said that management of fertiliser requirements of farmers was the collective responsibility of the Centre and the states.

Mandaviya expressed gratitude towards the states for collaborative efforts made during the past few months to tide over the increased demand for DAP.

There has been seamless coordination between the Chemicals and Fertiliser Ministry and the states as a result of collective efforts, he added.

He informed the state Ministers about the ‘Fertiliser Dashboard’ that has been made operational for about two months now, and the control room working 24X7 for effective Centre-states coordination to ensure adequate availability of fertilisers in various districts.

Mandaviya urged the states to monitor requirement and supply on a daily basis on the ‘Fertiliser Dashboard’ for more effective and productive fertiliser management.

“It is important to plan in advance and assess the district-wise requirement on a weekly basis. There is ample quantity of balance and unutilised fertilisers in various districts. Daily regular monitoring will inform us in advance for better management. The Centre has been supplying fertilisers to the states without delay, based on their requirement indicated by them,” he maintained.

The Minister said that it is important for the states to aggressively prevent diversion of urea to industry (such as veneer, plywood etc) so as to ensure adequate availability for the agriculture sector.

Due to aggressive and effective monitoring by the states, movement of fertilisers across borders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had been prevented, he said.

“It is important for states to monitor that supply to farmers is not diverted to other sectors, thereby leading to false shortage”, he said.

He also urged the states for increased awareness and motivation of farmers on judicious use of fertilisers and reduction in waste and misuse.

“Let us also explore options and promote use of alternative fertilisers such as nano urea and organic fertiliser to protect soil,” Mandaviya said.

IFFCO has started production of nano urea while the work on nano DAP is going on, the Union Minister said.

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