Despite all the challenges created by COVID-19, the production, import and movement of fertilizers was timely and adequate.
During Rabi (winter crop) 2020-21, its availability across the country has been satisfactory.
The government said on Saturday that it is monitoring the availability and prices of fertilizers. The government has asked fertilizer manufacturers and importers to ensure adequate supply of fertilizer during kharif (summer crop) sowing this year. In the official statement issued by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, it has been said that during Rabi (winter crop) 2020-21, its availability across the country has been satisfactory.
The statement said that despite all the challenges created by COVID-19, the production, import and movement of fertilizers was timely and adequate. The statement said that the government is closely watching prices on fertilizer availability in the interest of farmers. In consultation with the States and Union Territories, the Ministry of Agriculture has assessed the need of various fertilizers and has informed the Department of Fertilizers.
According to the statement, according to this the Ministry of Fertilizers, in consultation with the manufacturers, has set the target of domestic production and it is being monitored. The statement said that timely imports have been planned to meet the gap between requirement and domestic production in case of urea.
Import of phosphatic and potassic (P&K) is free and under general license (OGL). In this, fertilizer companies have the freedom to import according to the quantity / raw material requirement. Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister DV Sadanand Gowda had a meeting with the chairman and managing directors of various fertilizer companies on 15 March in connection with the preparations for the Kharif 2021 session.
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