Maharashtra seeks extra trains to meet fertilizers shortage

June 9th, 2008 - 11:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, June 9 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has appealed to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad to run extra goods trains to combat the acute shortage of fertilizers in the state. In a telephonic conversation with the railway minister, Deshmukh pointed out that in the past few days, with monsoon setting in most parts of the state, it was imperative to ensure adequate supply of fertilizers to the farming community.

The state gets its fertilizers requirements through the Kandla, Mundra, Pipavav and Kakinada ports, and from the IFFCO and RCF, the Chief Minister’s Office said Monday.

However, owing to the shortage of rakes, fertiliser supplies have been hit in Jalgaon, Akola, Amaravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalna, Pachola, Kopergaon, Nanded and other places in the state. This has creatred widespread problems for the farmers, officials said.

Conveying the farmers’ sentiments to Lalu Prasad, Deshmukh urged him to arrange to deploy at least three-four additional rakes daily to combat the fertilizers shortage by June 15.

This would ensure that the sowing of main crops like cotton, pulses and oilseeds, especially in Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, is not affected during the monsoon season, Deshmukh said.

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