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Himachal Pradesh Farmers to get complex fertilizers soon

Shimla: Shri Ram Subhag Singh, Secretary, Agriculture said here today that Government was alive to the needs of the farmers for fertilizers and had put a demand of complex fertilizers of 32000 tonne for entire Rabi season i.e. October, 2010 to January, 2011 with Government of India.

He said that since there was less supply from the Government of India so far it was due to this that some shortage has been reported in some parts of the State.

Secretary, Agriculture said that State Government had received 6800 tonne of complex fertilizers in the month of October against the demand of 10,000 tonne made with the Government of India by the State Government for the month.

The State Government keeping in view the demand of the farmers took up the matter with Government of India and Chief Secretary of the State wrote a letter to Secretary, Chemical and Fertilizers, Government of India to ensure timely supply of fertilizers and also reduce freight charges which was enhanced by the Government of India. He said that Government of India on the request of State Government had reduced the freight charges besides ensuring the timely and adequate supply. He said that in the month of November 2600 tonne of complex fertilizers had been received till first week of November against the demand of 8500 tonne made by the State Government with the Fertilizers Ministry, Government of India. He said that on persistent requests of the State Government the supply of 1500 tonne of complex fertilizers had been received yesterday which would be sent to the area where the farmers were making demand for it.

Shri Ram Subhag Singh said that the State Government had been pursuing this matter with the Government of India from time to time. A meeting of senior officers of the State Government had been held on 27th September, 2010 with Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, Government of India in which detailed discussions was held for fulfilling the demand of the State for complex fertilizers keeping in view the requirements of the farmers of the State.

He said that Government would ensure that the backlog so far is also met by the State from Government of India and further supply is given in time so that farmers of the State did not face any problem on account of fertilizers.

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