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Punjab demands 5 LMT urea till December 15 from Centre

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Chandigarh, Nov 23 (MNN) Punjab Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha on Tuesday urged the Centre to ensure a supply of 5 Lakh Metric Tonnes of urea till December 15 to the state.

The Minister raised this requirement with Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya who held a review meeting on fertiliser availability with 18 states from New Delhi.

During the virtual meeting, Nabha pointed out that Punjab farmers needed adequate urea during the first 25 days of sowing of wheat.

The Union government has allocated 14.50 LMT of urea for Rabi 2021-22 to Punjab but it has received only 2.53 LMT as against an allocation of 2.76 LMT during October-2021.

The state has obtained only 2.26 LMT up to November 22, as against an allocation of 3.33 LMT during November 2021. A total of 6.72 LMT urea is available up till now, said Nabha said while adding that the state’s farmers were in critical need of 5 LMT urea till date.

Assuring no shortage of urea in Punjab, Nabha said that as against an allocation of 2.56 LMT of DAP, only 1.49 LMT has been received as against a total 3 LMT during October and November 2021.

Wheat has been sown on 35 lakh hectares in Punjab, the process now almost complete in the state. There is very little demand for DAP now in Punjab though continuous arrival of DAP rakes is seen as fulfilling the requirement, the Minister claimed.

Reviewing the stocks of urea and DAP, the state Agriculture Minister assured of no shortage of urea in Punjab though it needed adequate and uninterrupted supply well in time.

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