The BJP Government at the Centre is calling itself pro-farmers but on the other side Gujarat’s Aravalli district is facing an acute shortage of urea. Long queues of farmers outside urea shops is a common sight in the district.
What they get after waiting for an entire day is 3-4 bags of urea in place of the required 10 bags.
When Vibes of India asked Chairman of IFFCO Dileep Sanghani about the acute shortage of urea that the district is facing for the past 20 days, he said, “The shortage is not restricted to one district or state but the entire country is facing shortage of urea.”
He added that the government purchases one bag for Rs 4,000 which they provide at a meagre rate of Rs 267 to farmers. He stressed the need for the farmers to use nano urea in place of the regular fertiliser.
Ratansinh Dodiya of Gujarat Kisan Sangathan told Vibes of India, “Not only urea, but farmers are also facing acute shortage of all fertilizers in India.”
“The government has imposed itself on farmers by increasing the prices of fertilizers without taking into consideration their demands. This shortage of urea is mismanagement on the part of the government as they have exported parts of Gujarat’s fertilizer to Uttar Pradesh where elections are just around the corner,” Dodiya asserted.
Asked about nano urea fertilizer, he said, “Nano urea is a chemical-based fertilizer and that is the reason the farmers have avoided it till now.”
IFFCO Chairman Dileep Sanghani assured Vibes of India that they would sort out all the issues relating to the shortage of fertilizers in a few days but till then all farmers must follow Covid-appropriate behavior and should not stand in queues without social distancing.