Sowing begins amid DAP scarcity in Punjab

Sowing begins amid DAP scarcity in Punjab

Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M Khanna

Chandigarh, October 28

Amid the wheat sowing season, a extreme scarcity of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) in Punjab may adversely hit the yield of this most necessary rabi crop. The wheat sowing is to finish by November 15.

As towards the requirement of seven.50 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of DAP for the rabi advertising and marketing season, the state has inventory of simply 2.50 LMT. Of this, 1.40 LMT is being equipped by Markfed, 30,000 MT by IFFCO to cooperative societies and 80,000 MT is the inventory with the personal fertiliser sellers/fee brokers.

Because of the scarcity, farmers within the state are struggling to get the fertiliser wanted within the early levels of wheat sowing. Throughout the state, stories are pouring in about farmers visiting cooperative societies to get fertiliser and returning empty-handed. Many personal fertiliser sellers, who’ve shares, are promoting it at a premium or forcing the farmers to purchase the DAP together with some seeds or pesticides/pesticides.

Harbir Singh of Bija village in Ludhiana stated due to the DAP scarcity with cooperative societies, farmers had been being compelled to purchase these from personal sellers. “This proves to be an costly preposition as we get curiosity subvention on the crop loans if we purchase from cooperative societies. If we purchase from sellers, they cost a premium on the value of Rs 1,350 per bag and are additionally forcing farmers to purchase pesticides or different seeds as a bundle pack with the DAP,” he stated.

It might be talked about that this 12 months, the share in provide of DAP to cooperative societies via Markfed was decreased from 75 per cent to 65 per cent and the share in provide from IFFCO (a multi-state cooperative society) was elevated from 25 per cent to 35 per cent. Nevertheless, whereas Markfed has reportedly equipped 1.40 LMT of DAP to cooperative societies towards its indent of 1.94 LMT, IFFCO has equipped simply 30,000 MT towards its indent of 1.05 LMT.

When contacted, Punjab state supervisor of IFFCO Harmail Singh Sidhu stated they had been attempting to extend the provision of DAP. “By Saturday morning, our provide could be 40,000 MT. We’re supplying in line with the allocation made by the Authorities of India to all states,” he stated.

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