Bhubaneswar: Rejecting the allegation made by State Agriculture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on the erratic and inadequate supply of fertiliser by the Centre to the State, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena on Thursday claimed to have provided 10 percent more urea to the State than the previous year.
Jena said that the availability of urea from February to September 16 and estimated supply for the rest of the period till September 30 shall be 4.86 lakh MT as compared to 4.42 lakh MT during the same period last year.
Jena also accused the state government for its inability to ensure that the fertiliser provided by Centre reaches the farmers in time.
Jena’s statement came after Mishra made the allegation on the backdrop of the assessment report given by OUAT agricultural scientists and had claimed that Odisha is likely to face about 12 percent less yield of paddy during this kharif season mostly due to inadequate and untimely fertiliser supply to the farmers.
Source: 360 NS