Ensure timely supply of urea to avert farmers' unrest: Badal to Centre

North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab government on Wednesday urged the Central government to ensure timely supply of balance urea that is sanctioned to the state to avert farmers’ unrest and also prevent adverse affect to Rabi Crops.

In a letter written to Union Chemicals and Fertiliser minister Ananth Kumar, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal sought his personal intervention

to ensure timely supply of the balance requirement of urea for the state.

“As per allocations made by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, Punjab was required to receive 3,35,900 MTs of Urea against which the state has received only 2,40,819 MTs, leaving a monthly deficit of 95,081 MTs,” Badal said.

For November 2014, the ministry allocated 3,36,750 MTs against which the state has received only 87,658 MTs so far. And in this way, there was a total deficit of 3,44,173 MTs which was required to be covered by November 30, 2014, he said.

Badal expressed concern over the slow movement of fertilizers required by Punjab for Rabi season 2014-15 and said that it could impair the financial health of the farmers.

“Sowing of wheat crop is at its peak now and the farmers of the state needs to be given timely supplies of urea failing which the area under wheat was likely to be adversely affected.

Constrained and delayed availability of urea at this stage would not only affect the prospects of the Rabi crop, but it might also lead to panic buying by the farmers thereby distorting the market and creating unrest amongst the farmers, Badal added.

“Punjab Agriculture Department officials have, time and again, met the concerned officers of the Union Ministry, requesting them to hasten supplies of urea in requisite quantities. However, he bemoaned that despite repeated requests, the supplies were still slow and insufficient.

“I, therefore, request for your indulgence in the matter to ensure timely supplies of the balance requirement of urea for the state,” Badal reiterated.