Adequate quantity of fertilisers available, no shortage: Govt

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Amid reports of shortage of fertilisers to several States,  the Government on Monday said that there will  be more than adequate supply of crop nutrients, including urea and DAP, in November and asked the State Government to take strict action against hoarders and those engaged in black marketing.

Through a video message posted on Twitter, Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday said that the department has made plans to make available 76 lakh tonnes of urea for November as against the demand of 41 lakh tonnes by states after reviewing the availability of fertilisers across the country.

The sowing of rabi (winter-sown) crops, including wheat and mustard, has already started from last month.

 Dispelling the rumours of shortage, Mandaviya said 18 lakh tonnes of DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) has been made available as against the projected demand of 17 lakh tonnes.

As much as 30 lakh tonnes of NPK nutrients will be supplied this month as against the demand of 17 lakh tonnes.

 “The Government has made arrangements to supply more fertilisers than required in November. Hence, I appeal to all farmers not to get carried away by rumours of shortage and request not to hoard fertilisers,” Mandaviya said.

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