New Delhi: The shortage of fertilizers and spike in the price of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) has raised problems for the farmers in sowing of wheat during Rabi season. The short supply of phosphatic fertilizers is likely to affect cultivation of the crops this year.

Confirming the deficit, Agriculture Commissioner Gurubachan Singh said, owing to the less import of phosphate fertilizers, the farmers will have to face deficit in the Rabi season, which can be compensated by increasing the supply on NPK.

Besides the shortage of fertilizers, it is evident that the price of DAP has gone through the roof in the last two years and has raised the overall cost of wheat production.

Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab government have briefed the Union Ministry of Fertilizers about poor supply of fertilizers in respective states. In its letter to the Ministry, the UP government has mentioned that they are facing 20 percent shortage of fertilizers. For the current Rabi season, 12 lakh tonne of DAP, 8.5 lakh tonne ANP and 40 lakh tonne of Urea have been demanded. 

JPN/Bureau