26 August 2023, New Delhi: Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya interacted with State Agriculture Ministers on the availability and use of fertilizers in the country. During the meeting, he also reviewed the progress of nano urea, nano DAP, and the promotion of alternate fertilizers at the field level and steps initiated by the States in this regard.
Dr. Mandaviya informed all the States that there is adequate availability of fertilizers in the country with the present level of 150 LMT stocks. This stock will not only take care of the ongoing Kharif Season but will also ensure a comfortable opening for the forthcoming Rabi Season.
The minister highlighted the necessity of reducing the excessive use of chemical fertilizers to save soil. He reiterated that the Union Government has already taken a step in the form of PM PRANAM scheme. The efforts also include the introduction of slow-release sulphur-coated urea (Urea Gold), nano urea, nano DAP, etc. to promote the use of alternate fertilizers to save Mother Earth.
There was a discussion on the initiative of PMKSKs across the country which are acting as one-stop shops catering to all the needs of farmers in one place. He appealed to all the State Agriculture Ministers and State Government Officials to regularly visit these PMKSKs and spread awareness among farmers.
The minister made an earnest appeal to the States/ UTs about the need to keep a check on the diversion of agriculture-grade urea for non-agricultural purposes. He further asked the States/ UTs to run awareness campaigns, thereby, reducing the possible diversion of Agriculture Urea, and to take strict action against the defaulters. Based on the joint inspections by the fertilizer flying squad of the central government and various state agriculture departments, state governments have registered 45 FIRs against defaulting Urea using units, canceled licenses of 32 mixture units, and de-authorized 79 mixture units along with strict actions under Essential Commodities Act & Prevention of Black Marketing Act.
The meeting concluded with the center and states on board to take all necessary steps forward to promote the use of alternate fertilizers and reduce the excessive consumption of chemical fertilizers.
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