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UP asks railways to ease fertiliser offloading

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  New Delhi/ Lucknow 

The Uttar Pradesh government has urged the railways for better infrastructure to facilitate hassle-free offloading of chemical fertilisers at stations ahead of the coming rabi season.

State Agricultural Production Commissioner last week asked officials to write to the railways regarding the erection of sheds at off-loading platforms, and improving infrastructure like lighting and link roads for the seamless and quick off-loading of fertilisers.

Earlier, Ranjan reviewed the availability of stock and distribution of chemical fertilisers in the state for the rabi season. The lack of sheds at platforms and of lighting arrangements at offloading sites, and poor link roads to platforms create hurdles in the offloading of fertiliser racks.

Ranjan reviewed the district-wise distribution of phosphatic and chemical fertilisers, and said that potato growers should not face shortage of phosphatic fertilisers during the rabi season.

The state has pre-positioned 5 lakh tonnes (LT) of phosphetic fertilisers. The agriculture department is preparing to send a letter to the Centre in this regard.

The government is requisitioning the allocation of 34 LT urea, 9.25 LT Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP), 6 LT Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium (NPK), 2.50 LT Muriate of Potash (MOP) and 1.75 LT Single Super Phosphate (SSP).

In September last year, then Chief Minister had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure adequate fertiliser supply for the rabi season.

Against UP’s demand of 67 LT of fertilisers, the state was expecting to get 47 LT, or 30 per cent less.

India does not have potash reserves, which is a vital fertiliser component. India’s urea production capacity is about 200 LT. Other requirements such as gas are also scarce.

First Published: Thu, September 27 2012. 00:28 IST