Fertiliser Ministry hikes sale limit on subsidised nutrients to plantations

Pursuing concerns raised by the plantation sector, the Fertiliser Ministry has hiked the highest limit for acquire of subsidised fertilisers by six occasions to 1,200 baggage for every thirty day period for every plantation from the previously 200 baggage.

The Division of Fertiliser (DOF) on Thursday issued a observe expanding the highest limit for sale of fertilisers to 1,200 baggage for every thirty day period for every plantation. On January 21 this calendar year, the DOF experienced set boundaries at 200 baggage for every thirty day period for every plantation and 50 baggage for every thirty day period for other farmers, in what was seen as an attempt to control surplus use of nutrition and its diversion. Having said that, DOF has not modified the acquire limit for other farmers.

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

Prashant Bhansali, President, UPASI, explained that nevertheless the increase in allotment of subsidised fertiliser is much better, it is not heading to clear up the dilemma of larger plantations for their enough prerequisite of fertilisers.

Bhansali emphasised that allotment of subsidised fertiliser must be joined to the true hectarage underneath cultivation for plantations. This would allow judicious use of subsidised fertiliser for its supposed objective of augmenting the output and productivity of crops. He also pressured that one-dimension-matches-all solution must be prevented in the plantation sector.

The once-a-year prerequisite of fertilisers may differ concerning 24 and 48 baggage for every ha based on the land productivity. Plantations demand the fertiliser all through specified months of the calendar year, based on the rainfall, and hence will not be in a placement to buy each thirty day period.