Fertiliser Ministry hikes sale limit on subsidised nutrients to plantations

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Pursuing fears lifted by the plantation sector, the Fertiliser Ministry has hiked the highest limit for buy of subsidised fertilisers by 6 moments to 1,two hundred bags per thirty day period per plantation from the previously two hundred bags.

The Section of Fertiliser (DOF) on Thursday issued a take note increasing the highest limit for sale of fertilisers to 1,two hundred bags per thirty day period per plantation. On January 21 this year, the DOF experienced fastened limits at two hundred bags per thirty day period per plantation and fifty bags per thirty day period for other farmers, in what was noticed as an try to control surplus use of nutrients and its diversion. Nonetheless, DOF has not transformed the buy limit for other farmers.

The United Planters Affiliation of South India (Upasi) experienced raisedconcerns stating that correcting a limit on fertiliser sale would harm output of plantation commodities and competitiveness of the market.

Prashant Bhansali, President, UPASI, stated that even though the increase in allotment of subsidised fertiliser is much better, it is not going to address the dilemma of more substantial plantations for their suitable necessity of fertilisers.

Bhansali emphasised that allotment of subsidised fertiliser must be linked to the true hectarage under cultivation for plantations. This would allow even handed use of subsidised fertiliser for its intended aim of augmenting the output and productivity of crops. He also stressed that 1-measurement-matches-all technique must be averted in the plantation sector.

The yearly necessity of fertilisers varies among 24 and 48 bags per ha based on the land productivity. Plantations call for the fertiliser for the duration of sure months of the year, based on the rainfall, and therefore will not be in a posture to purchase each individual thirty day period.

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