Jagatsinghpur, Sept 11 (LocalWire): Hundreds of farmers demonstrated at Naugaon today over the exorbitant rise in fertilizer rate. Jagatsinghpur has two fertilizer production units but due to largescale black marketing farmers have been forced to purchase fertilizers including urea at a much higher rate than market prices.
Despite the two fertilizer units and two DAP-procured fertilizer units like IFFCO and PPL in Paradip, there is short supply of DAP fertilizers.
Farmers alleged that even though the district is home to agriculture minister Rout, neither him, nor the agriculture department officials or administration have taken any steps to check the sale of urea and other fertilizers by unscrupulous traders in rural areas.
Harried farmers led by Ashok Swain accused officials of not taking steps to check the fraud and alleged them of being hand in glove with black marketers.
Farmers alleged that taking the opportunity of short supply of fertilizers, unscrupulous retailers are taking 40 to 50 percent extra than the stipulated price.
The district had intended 4000 metric tonnes of fertilizer while it received only 2076 MT till 31 August.
The requirement of urea is 7000 metric tonnes while only 3280 metric tonnes have been supplied to this district till 6 September through 310 private retailers and cooperative societies.
Local farmers have alleged that the rate of urea for a 50 kg bag is Rs 256 while private retailers sold it at Rs 400 to Rs 450 to local farmers in the open market.
Others alleged that taking the opportunity of short supply of fertilizers, unscrupulous retailers took 40 to 50 percentages extra than stipulated price from the farmers.
Non availability of warehouses at seventy percent Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies is also another reason that led to the scarcity of fertilizers because PACs did not stock fertilizers and farmers were forced to purchase it at a higher rate.
There are 107 PACs in Jagatsinghpur while 30 PACs have its own godown.
More than 20 PACs are functioning from rented places.
Lacking godowns, PACs did not stock fertilizers as per farmers’ requirement causing acute shortage of fertilizers.
Assistant Register, cooperative societies, Ranjan Kumar Mishra confessed ‘PACs have not stocked fertilizers as per their demand due to lack of warehouses.
Department has kept aside Rs 3.50 lakhs for construction of each warehouse but non-allocation of land has created hindrance in construction of warehouses at different PACs of this district.’