India has ample supplies of fertilizers, and no shortage for the upcoming rabi season.
According to Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, India has ample supplies of fertilizers and there is no shortage scenario in the country.
Despite recent worries from states such as Odisha over a probable fertiliser shortage, the government has restated its position on fertiliser availability across the country.
Responding to media questions on the sidelines of the World Dairy Summit, Mandaviya stated, ‘There is no scarcity of fertilisers; we have ample stocks available.’
No price increase
The nutrient-based strategy for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) soil nutrients will also be released soon for the upcoming rabi season, which begins planting next month, he added, adding that non-urea fertilisers would not face price increases.
Mandaviya stated that the government will bear the burden of increased fertiliser prices due to the rise in worldwide pricing. According to government forecasts, the government’s fertiliser subsidy burden for the current fiscal year could reach ₹2.5 lakh crore, which is more than 50% higher than the previous fiscal year.
About a month ago, the Prime Minister stated that the government sold urea to farmers for ₹300, despite the fact that the purchasing price was ₹3,500. The government imposes a tax of ₹2,500 for 50 kg of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) fertiliser.
Mandaviya delivered a session on ‘Animal Disease Management—One Health Approach’ at the World Dairy Summit here, recommending disease investigation and surveillance to gain more insight into disease management.
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