Agriculture Minister Sri Swain urged Centre to restore 4 Lakh Metric Ton of Urea to the State

Bhubaneswar, 30/06/2023: Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment Minister, Sri Ranendra Pratap Swain urged the Centre to restore the previous season requirement of 4 Lakh MT of Urea to the State. Any reduction in the supply of Urea fertilizer will hamper the agriculture production in the State. In addition Sri Swain requested to release the required 75, 000 MT of MOP as the State is running short of about 39 thousand MT of MOP at present.

Attending the meeting chaired by Union Minister of  Chemicals & Fertilizers, Dr. Mansukh Madaviya, Sri Swain said that in Odisha Nano Urea adoption is to take off and the farmers of the State prefer the traditional Urea. Hence, usage of Nano Urea should not be imposed upon. This might lead to farmers unrest. Moreover unlike many other progressive agricultural States, fertilizer consumption is relatively low in the State. Any attempt to push Nano-Ureas might affect the production because of low adoptability. However, the State is encouraging the farmers to adopt Nano-Urea progressively, said Sri Swain.

Further, Sri Swain said that the ceiling of assistance under the  programme to 50% of the fertilizer subsidy saved under PM-PRANAM should be relaxed for Odisha as it is having lower rate of fertilizer consumption, coupled with the problems of soil acidity (70 percent of cultivated area) and soil salination (6 percent of cultivated area) etc. requiring greater support for soil amelioration.  

As Odisha is using less fertilizer, as such the State may not get good amount of assistance under the scheme. So, Sri Swain requested for more assistance from Central share.

The meeting was attended by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Sri Narendra Singh Tomar and Agriculture Ministers of various States. Dr. Arbinda Kumar Padhee, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and FE Department and Sri Premchandra Choudhary, Director, Agriculture & Food Production also attended the meeting.

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