| Jalandhar |
November 15, 2020 9:15:53 pm
WITH THE Railways having suspended operation of products trains to Punjab, the state is going through an pressing scarcity of 8 lakh tonnes of urea — one of many main fertilisers for each Kharif and Rabi crops — to finish sowing of wheat. Out of this, 4 lakh tonnes is required in November itself.
Round 13,000 tonnes urea of the state’s share for October has additionally not been obtained. Specialists say that if the urea is just not delivered to farmers on time, it might have a serious adversarial impression on the wheat crop.
Nearly 70 per cent wheat sowing within the state is full. Nonetheless, Punjab had simply 22 per cent of the overall required urea of 13.50 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) for Rabi season, out of which round 11 lakh tonnes is used for wheat crop solely, which is grown over 35 lakh hectares space and covers 85 per cent or the overall Rabi crop space within the state.
Prepare providers in Punjab have been suspended since September 24, when farmers began the ‘rail roko’ agitation in opposition to the Centre’s farm legal guidelines. The Railways had briefly resumed items prepare providers after farmer unions on October 21 introduced the lifting of the ‘rail roko’ protests. Nonetheless, two days later, the providers had been suspended once more with Railways saying that protesters are nonetheless blocking the tracks.
“The state is in excessive want of urea now. Round 70 per cent of wheat sowing within the state has already been accomplished as it’s a managed agricultural merchandise and is handed over to the states as per their share, to not particular person farmers,” stated Joint Director, Fertilisers, Dr Baldev Singh, including that Punjab is but to obtain round 8 lakh tonnes Urea. “Even when we begin getting supply, it might not attain farmers earlier than every week and 10 days whereas the wheat crop requires its first dose in November itself,” he stated.
Very best time for sowing wheat is from November 1 to fifteen, however farmers carry on sowing until the top of the month.
Three doses of urea are utilized to the wheat crop, ranging from sowing time in November to early January when the crop is nearly 45-55 days outdated. As per the suggestions of the Punjab Agriculture College (PAU), Ludhiana, 110 kg urea is required per acre of the wheat crop, however in Punjab, majority farmers use three luggage of 45 kg every per acre, which suggests 135 kg per acre for wheat crop.
Earlier, officers had been hopeful that by the point these fertilisers are required for the wheat crop in November, farmers would have already obtained the fertilisers now that the ‘rail roko’ has been lifted from most places.
“Punjab, which has been contributing one third of the overall wheat to the nationwide pool, is being discriminated in opposition to by the Centre when the rail roko has already been lifted,” stated Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) Common Secretary Jagmohan Singh, including that the urea should be despatched via particular trains to Punjab as quickly as attainable.
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