No dearth of fertilisers for rabi crop, says government

November 7th, 2008 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) There is no dearth of fertilisers for rabi crop this season, the government said here Friday.”We are committed to ensure adequate supply of fertilisers. It is available in adequate quantity. The supply and availability have been much higher as compared to preceding years,” Minister of Chemical and Fertilisers Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters here.

Paswan said the consumption of NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) complex fertiliser last year was about 6.55 million tonnes, whereas the availability during the current year has been planned for eight million tonnes.

He said major foodgrain crops, pulses and oilseeds have been grown over a greater area this year.

The agriculture ministry, meanwhile, said the rabi crop sowing was progressing well and the area under major crops was more than last year’s.

It said wheat has been sown on 2.3 million hectares, as compared to 2.1 million hectares in the corresponding period of last year.

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