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Punjab never raised demand of setting up another fertiliser unit: Agriculture minister

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THE ONLY fertilizer manufacturing unit was set up in Punjab method again within the 70s, and regardless of being an agrarian state, it never raised any demand earlier than the central authorities for another unit, mentioned state Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha whereas talking on the problem of scarcity of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and different fertilisers within the state forward of wheat sowing season.

The solo unit, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has its mum or dad unit in Nangal and its sub-unit in Bathinda. “The agriculture department always used to be with the CMs of the state and hence it never got the deserved attention. No doubt we are serious about setting up another fertilizer manufacturing unit in the state but the department lies in the centre with lots of formalities. We are sure to set up another unit in our next term if people give us another chance,” mentioned Nabha.

Though the minister mentioned strict motion might be taken in opposition to black entrepreneurs and requested the agriculture division to remain alert, it took farmers three days to get an FIR lodged in opposition to pesticide sellers of Jalalabad, whereas no arrests have taken place until now. The FIR was lodged in opposition to M/S Chugh buying and selling firm whereas co-accused are Ajay Kumar, Rajinder Kumar and Raj Kumar. The case was lodged late Tuesday, which in response to farmers was three days after they complained of scarcity of fertilizers within the space and likewise complained of hoarding. Around 8,300 baggage (every bag of 50 kg) have been seized from completely different unlawful godowns of the above-mentioned sellers, out of which practically 1,800 had been of DAP and the remaining of urea. FIR was lodged below black advertising and marketing and upkeep of provides of the Essential Commodities Act, 1980. However, no arrests have been made to this point.

Chief Agriculture Officer Fazilka, Hardev Singh, mentioned: “The company had got only one godown registered and the remaining places were illegal, hence, we call it hoarding only. An FIR has been lodged for further investigation.”

Vikasdeep Chaudhary, president of Nagar Council, Jalalabad, mentioned, “Farmers must get DAP and other fertilizers for wheat sowing as its peak season has started. Hence hoarding at such a time is unjustified. This was the reason that I sat with farmers on dharna. Only the police can tell why they are not arresting the culprits. The main dealer was also selling DAP at higher prices as per the farmers.”

Gurbhej Singh Rohiwala, president BKU Ugrahan, Fazilka district, mentioned, “We sat in the police station of Jalalabad for the whole night and Friday morning they gave us information about the FIR which they have lodged. We had told the agriculture department about black marketing being done by the Chugh trading company and later illegal stock was found. Thankfully, that department woke up within 2-3 days. Now an FIR has been lodged and we want strict action against the culprits.”

Gurbaj Singh, block president, BKU Sidhupur, Fazilka, mentioned, “On Friday we lifted the dharna from outside Jalalabad city police station. Police have sought some time for arrests. If no action is taken, we will start dharna yet again.”

Meanwhile, the agriculture minister mentioned that the Union authorities might be giving 60 rakes of DAP further between November 15 and 30 in Punjab, when wheat sowing might be at its peak.

He mentioned that Punjab had requested to hurry up the provision of DAP and knowledgeable that the state has whole due allocation of 5.50 Lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) DAP for Rabi season 2021-22, however the state obtained only one.51 LMT of DAP until now.

The minister mentioned: “The state had demanded 2.75 LMT of DAP in October, out of which only 1.97 LMT was allocated by the Government of India, for October but we received 1.51 LMT.”

Thereby, it had created an imbalance and lack of 1.24 LMT of DAP in October solely. He added that the state had already demanded 2.50 LMT DAP for November: “If we add the deficiency of October, the demand for November scaled up to 3.74 LMT.”

He particularly talked about that in opposition to this requirement of 3.74 LMT in November, solely 0.68 LMT has been obtained until November 11.

The minister mentioned that round 85 per cent sowing of wheat within the state could be accomplished by November 25, and now sowing is at its peak. He said that he had already instructed agriculture officers to maintain a strict vigil on black advertising and marketing, hoarding of DAP and pointless tagging of different merchandise. He additionally warned that strict motion might be taken in opposition to the defaulting sellers.