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Sufficient Field Stock Of Fertilizers Available In All States
06-Dec-18   12:52 Hrs IST

There is sufficient field stock of fertilizers available in all the States, which is adequate to address any emergent issue, stated Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Statistics & Programme Implementation, D.V. Sadananda Gowda, in a statement. Gowda said that the Department of Fertilizers (DoF) is in regular touch with State Governments and suppliers of fertilizers.

In view of the ensuing Rabi season, monitoring is being done on regular and daily basis to ensure adequate availability across the country.In the weekly video conference, jointly organised by Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), DoFand Railwayson 04.12.2018, all the States have reported adequate availability of all Fertilizers, the Minister added.

Gowda said that there is day-to-day coordination with Railways for movement of fertilizers across the country. Both the departments (DoF& Railways) are working in coherence to ensure timely availability of all fertilizers across the country. During Kharif'18 season, due to concerted efforts of Railways and DoF, more than 250 additional rakes were made available for fertilizers as compared to Kharif'17 season, the Minister added.

For Rabi'18-19 (October'18 to March'19), the requirement of urea is estimated at 155.84 LMT. The entire quantity required for the current rabi season, especially during peak consumption months of December'18 & January'19, is expected to be met by domestic production of about 129 LMT and remaining through imports. Further, the production of P&K fertilizers is also going on in the country and importers are importing P&K under Open General License (OGL) to fulfil the field requirement.

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