Farmers in Rupandehi facing acute shortage of chemical fertiliser
Bhairahawa, June 25: Farmers in Rupandehi district are facing an acute shortage of chemical fertiliser with the onset of the paddy plantation season.
Farmers are unable to get DAP (double ammonium phosphate) to use while planting paddy in their fields as the regional office of the Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL) located in Bhairahawa has run out of it.
The shortage of chemical fertiliser is due to the insufficient budget provided by the Ministry of Agriculture Development to purchase it, said Rajendra Bahadur Karki, chief of the AICL office, Bhairahawa.
“We have demanded Rs. 1.03 billion to purchase fetiliser, but the ministry provided only Rs. 500 million,” Karki said.
The Bhairahawa office of the AICL supplies chemical fertilisers to the districts of the previous western, mid-western and far western regions, including Kathmandu, Dhading, Nuwakot and Kavrepalanchowk districts.
The districts of these regions are likely to face a shortage of fertiliser during the paddy plantation season.
Although around 2,500 tons of fertiliser are arriving from India, they will not be sufficient to meet the demand of the farmers of all the districts, he said.
The supply of chemical fertilsers, including urea and potash, have also been stopped due to the shortage of DAP fertiliser in stock with the AICL.
With the shortage of chemical fertilisers, some farmers have started bringing low quality fertiliser from the Indian market to use in their paddy fields.
Farmers also said that the Armed Police Force deputed in the border area was posing obstacles to the farmers while bringing fertiliser from India.
According to experts, use of the low quality fertilisers brought from India could not contribute to increasing agriculture output.
Although the authorities had claimed a few weeks ago that there would be no shortage of fertilisers during the paddy plantation season, the farmers are unable to find them when they need them the most.