New Delhi: (Fertilizers Sector News) Despite a lot of movement restrictions due to national level Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, with the concerted efforts of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Railways, the state governments and ports, production and supply of fertilizers in the country is going on without hindrance. In result, the Department of Fertilizers under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, has recorded fertilizer sale of 111.61 lakh MT during April-June 2020.
During this period 64.82 lakh MT of Urea (67 percent higher as compared to last year), 22.46 lakh MT of DAP (100 percent higher than last year), and 24.32 lakh MT of Complex Fertilizers ( 120 percent higher than last year) were sold to the farmer community. This information has been shared by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in a press release on Friday.
“This is in line with the commitment made by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers to ensure availability of fertilizers to farmers for the upcoming Kharif season," the release added.
Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, DV Sadananda Gowda has said that we are closely monitoring the stock and availability of fertilizers to the farmers during Kharif season. The state governments have provided sufficient stock of the fertilizers. He said we are in touch with state agriculture ministers and his ministry is committed to ensuring the availability of fertilizers to the farmer community before sowing time.
The government has allowed the operations of Fertilizers plants in the country under the Essential Commodities Act, so that agriculture sector may not feel the heat of lockdown. On 30th June, 73 fertilizer rakes moved from plants and ports. This was the highest movement of fertilizers in a single day. One rake carries 30,00 MT of load at a time.
“As loading and unloading of fertilizers are in full swing at fertilizer plants, railway stations and ports, no compromise is made with precautions to avoid COVID-19. Masks and all other preventive equipment are provided to labours and all other working staff,” the release said.
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