Availability of Fertilizers in the state dependent on allotment by Government of India
Union Government has given less quota of Urea
Even the allocated quantity of Urea not being made available to the state
Against the demand of 38 metric tonne of Urea for Rabi, only 35 lakh metric tonne made available
In October and November 2.36 lakh metric tonne Urea allocated less from the quota
Urea supply to the state at its lowest level after IFFCO closes one Urea plant at Phoolpur, Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has asked officials to take all possible steps to ensure availability of fertilizers for farmers of the state. The Chief Minister today was reviewing the availability of fertilizers in the state at a meeting at his official residence. Saying that farmers should not face any paucity of fertilizers, the Chief Minister also asked officials to crackdown of people involved in stocking and black marketeers. Officials apprised the Chief Minister that sowing of Rabi crops was almost through in the state and for Trop Dressing demand of Urea dressing has grown considerably. The Chief Minister was also informed that the state depended on the government of India for availability of fertilizers.
For Rabi crops, 38 lakh metric tonne Urea, only 35 lakh metric tonne has been allotted by the union government, leading to shortage of Urea. During the review meeting, officials also informed that IFFCO has closed down its Urea plant at Phoolpur in Allahabad which has brought down the Urea supply to the state to the lowest level of 0.10 lakh metric tonne while the minimum supply should be minimum at around 0.60 lakh metric tonne.
Since the plant is in UP, it could facilitate prompt supply of Urea to state’s farmers. Other than this, by showing change of the rail route, fertilizer racks have been restricted, leading to blocking of Urea supply. The Chief Minister observed that owing to less allocation of Urea against demand by the GoI, problems have cropped up and the issue needs to be addressed and directed officials to make a form of the letter to be sent to the prime minister with regards to this problem.
It may be pointed out here that in October 2014 the Urea quota for the state was 6.39 lakh metric tonne while the state was given only 4.95 lakh metric tonne. In November 2014 against the allotment of 6.50 lakh metric tonne, the state was given 5.58 lakh metric tonne. Adding the paucity in both these months, the gap between Urea quota and supply to the state is 2.36 lakh metric tonne. The quota for December 2014 is 8.50 lakh metric tonne while till December 18, 2014 a total of 4.21 lakh metric tonne Urea has been received by the state. Based on the pace of Urea supply, this month too the shortage of Urea is set to be around 1.25 lakh metric tonne.