Bihar farmers block roads over fertiliser scarcity

Agitating farmers September 12 stole 60 baggage of urea from a truck in Nawada district; allege native companies creating a synthetic disaster 

Farmers blocked roads and allegedly stole baggage of urea in Bihar to protest towards the scarcity of fertilisers wanted for his or her kharif crop. They alleged native companies, in connivance with authorities officers, have prompted a synthetic disaster of fertilisers “to make a quick buck”.

The agitating farmers September 12, 2021, allegedly stole 60 baggage of urea from a truck in Nawada district. The farmers had been for the previous few days visiting godowns of native companies to obtain fertilisers, solely to return empty-handed.

Farmers had levelled comparable allegations towards native companies and authorities officers in 2015. Protests had ensued at the moment as effectively. 

They blocked the roads in Sairdala block city of Nawada district when a urea-laden truck handed by means of the world. The police arrested two farmers with some baggage of urea.

“Farmers are indignant with the retailers who’ve created a synthetic crises and are charging greater than the subsidised fee,” Lakshman Prasad, district agriculture officer, mentioned.

He mentioned he had engaged groups of district officers in conducting raids on the fertilizer outlets charging a lot from the farmers.

In response to him, the fertiliser outlets have been ordered to be open between 8 am and 5 pm within the day. However many have been maintaining the outlets shut within the day and stealthily opening them at evening to promote fertilisers at the next fee, Prasad mentioned.

The minimal retail value of urea as mounted by the Authorities of India is Rs 268 for a 50 kilogram bag of urea; the farmers are allegedly being charged Rs 400-500 a bag.

Farmers have been standing in lengthy queues proper since evening whereas ready for the outlets to open within the day to one way or the other lay their arms on fertiliser baggage.

“Now we have been making rounds to fertiliser outlets with my Aadhar playing cards for the previous a number of days however haven’t acquired any,” Surendra Singh, a farmer from Bhojpur district, mentioned.

Bhojpur, Kaimur and Rohtas district are referred to as the ‘rice bowl’ of Bihar for good paddy yields.

At many locations, girls have been seen becoming a member of the queues in giant numbers.

One farmer is ready to get solely two baggage of fertilizers on a single Aadhar card. Solely the centres being run by Bihar State Cooperative Advertising Union Ltd (BISCOMAUN), an apex cooperative physique, has been giving out 4 fertilizer baggage on one Aaadhar Card.

BISCOMAUN has 175 centres within the state. “This synthetic disaster has been attributable to corrupt officers in league with the store house owners,” BISCOMAUN chairman Sunil Kumar Singh mentioned.

In response to Singh, throughout this Kharif season (from April until date), solely 0.6 million metric tonnes of urea has been provided to the state; 0.9 million tones of urea had reached Bihar throughout the identical corresponding interval final 12 months.

 “Indian fertilizers are a lot in demand in Nepal for its higher high quality. The smuggling of fertilizers, due to this fact, goes on a major scale,” mentioned a farmer settled in Motihari.

The annual whole consumption of fertilizer in Bihar is 0.3 million metric tones, of which, urea consumption is 2.4 million metric tonnes alone.

Agriculture officers identified that the state’s Rainbow Revolution scheme to coach farmers to spice up farm produce has elevated fertiliser consumption. Farmers within the state majorly use three fertilizers: Urea, diammonium phosphate (DAP) and single tremendous phosphate (SSP).

The state authorities not too long ago offered year-wise consumption knowledge within the Rajya Sabha, displaying the pattern within the amount of chemical fertilizers utilized in India since 2015-16.

In response to the info shared, urea is essentially the most consumed fertilizer with round 30 million tonnes being consumed every year, accounting for 55-60 per cent of chemical fertilizer consumption within the nation. Between 2016-17 and 2019-20, there was a gentle enhance within the consumption of Urea, DAP and NPKs.

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