Record fertiliser sales rise witnessed during the lockdown
The exemption rise in agricultural activities during the lockdown has resulted into a record sales of fertiliser during this month.
According to data from fertiliser ministry, fertiliser dealers across the country purchased 15.77 lakh tonnes which is 46% higher that last year’s sales of 10.79 lakh tonnes during first 22 days of April.He forecast of a normal monsoon this year is likely to increase the crop area and thus the consumption of fertiliser.
“During the first 22 days of April, the sales of fertiliser was 10.63 lakh MT which is 32 percent rise higher than the last year sale of 8.02 lakh MT during the same period,” said a fertiliser ministry official.Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda has assured availability of fertiliser through out the crop season.
“There is no problem of fertiliser. State governments have sufficient stock of the fertiliser. We are in touch with state agriculture ministers,” he said.The ministry has been transporting fertilisers through special trains across the country.
“On 17th April, 41 Fertilizer Rakes moved from plants and ports. This is the highest movement of fertilizers during lockdown period in a day. One Rake carries 3000 MT of load at a time. production in fertilizer companies is going on in full capacity,” the official said.
The government, Under Essential Commodities Act, has allowed operation of fertiliser plants in the country so that ,agriculture sector may not feel the heat of lockdown.