Mandaviya asks farmers to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers by 20% during the rabies season

Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday urged farmers to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides by 20 percent in the coming rabies season and promised strict action against those who divert subsidized urea for non-agricultural purposes. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya addressed almost more than 1000 farmers at 500 PMKSK (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samridhi Kendra) here. 

 “Available Options” 

  We must reduce the  use of chemical fertilizers. Alternatives such as nano-liquid urea, nano-liquid DAP, biofertilizers and PROM (phosphate-rich organic fertilizer) are now available. I appeal to farmers to reduce the use of chemical  fertilizers by 20. percent in the next Rabi cropping season. It should be replaced with alternative crop nutrients. The minister’s call is significant as sales of urea, DAP and complex fertilizers were 57 percent higher than August’s target of around 52,000 tonnes  despite last month’s 36 percent monsoon shortfall. The minister also asked PMKSK operators  to educate farmers on the need to reduce fertilizers and pesticides. 

 Warning to traders 

 Mandaviya also warned traders and fertilizer companies against channeling heavily subsidized urea into the industry. “We have adopted a zero-tolerance policy to divert agricultural urea into industry. A detailed action plan has been drawn up to prevent abuses”, the minister is quoted as saying in a notice published by the Ministry of Fertilizers. In the past, agricultural urea was diverted to industries producing resin/glue, plywood, tableware, molding powder, animal feed and industrial mining explosives, as the cape covered area pays farmers ₹ 266/45 kg bag after subsidy. However, the minister  said that the government plans to organize ‘Kisan Samridhi Mahotsav’ in mid-October to highlight the initiatives taken in the last nine years to increase the income of farmers, where ‘Krishi Ratha Yatras’ will also be organized. Coincidentally, they are taking place during the election campaign in five states scheduled to go to the polls in December.

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