Punjab farmers might face shortage of fertilisers in coming days - ECAS Punjab

Punjab farmers might face shortage of fertilisers in coming days

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 1

Farmers in Punjab might face shortage of fertilisers in coming days, as after the "rail roko" agitation by the farmers against the three farm laws the Union government has stopped the movement of good trains to the state.

In the state, there is shortage of 10 lakh tonne urea fertiliser and there is requirement of 4 lakh tonne DAP more as well. Three good trains filled with fertiliser for the Malwa region in Punjab are lying stuck in other states.

After the harvesting of paddy, the sowing of wheat would pick up pace in the region and farmers would require DAP as well urea fertiliser.

Sensing shortage of fertilisers, farmers in villages in the region have started purchasing it from cooperative societies and traders in large quantities.

It is learnt from the sources that three good trains with fertilisers which are stuck in other states were to reach and deliver fertilisers at Rampura railway station in Bathinda, Mansa and Kotkapura in Faridkot district in the region, but now it is not clear that when these trains would reach their respective destinations.

However, agriculture department officials claim that the department has fertilisers kept in their stock, with which farmers would be able to start the sowing of wheat in the region.

They also claim that this year it is expected that wheat would be sown in 15 lakh hectare area in the state, so 5.50 lakh tonne DAP and 15 lakh tonne urea would be required.

Good trains are not running in Punjab and still it is not clear when these trains would start, due to which it seems that not only in the Malwa region, but farmers in the entire state would face shortage of fertilisers in coming days.

Agricultural department has urged farmers to sow wheat from November 1 to 15, due to which in the next few days the sowing of wheat would pick up pace. Agriculture experts claim that if fertiliser rakes did not reach within a week, farmers would face shortage of fertilisers.

BKU Ekta Urgahan state secretary Shingara Singh Mann said: "It's arm twisting tactic of the Union government to affect the farmers by stopping the good trains carrying fertilisers and coal and it is a bid to suppress their protest as all tracks are free in the state, but Union government has deliberately stopped the movement of good trains in Punjab, which is wrong. We are ready to give befitting reply to them."

Lashing out at the state government, Mann said they are working on the Union government directions as they should strongly write to the Prime Minister or Centre to start movement of fertilisers and coal in the state.

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