DAP fertiliser price rise may escalate input costs: Punjab Farmers - ECAS Punjab

DAP fertiliser price rise may escalate input costs: Punjab Farmers

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Bathinda, October 18

The Centre has increased the rates of DAP (diammonium phosphate) fertiliser by Rs 50 per sack. With the new rates in place, one sack of DAP fertiliser, which was being sold for Rs 1,150 earlier, will now be available for Rs 1,200.

Farmers rued that on one hand the government had increased the MSP for few crops recently, but on the other it had now increased the rates of DAP fertiliser. They claimed it would burden the farmers in the state. They said they had been struggling with the already high cost of farming and the recent move would further escalate the input cost for farming.

Chamkaur Singh, secretary of a Bathinda based co-operative society, said, "The revised rates of DAP fertilisers will be applicable on stock coming after October 1."

An employee of Markfed said they had got the intimation regarding increase in DAP rates.

Singhara Singh Mann, president, BKU Ekta Ugrahan, said, "It's not merely increase in fertiliser rates, but a strategy to push the already struggling farming community to the margins."

Agriculture Development Officer Chanpreet Singh said, "The rates of DAP fertiliser were increased by IFFCO twice recently. But we do not play any role in price fixing or regulation." — TNS

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