Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik wants the center to ensure farmers get 45 days credit from the fertilizer companies. He has sent a letter to the central govt in this connection.
The chief minister said the cooperative organizations could play a very useful role in the present situation when an artificial scarcity of fertilizers is being created by the greedy dealers. However, the govt’s order that the cooperative organizations should be given only a week for fund mobilization has adversely affected the fertilizer supply in Odisha, chief minister added.
According to the chief minister, there has been a huge spike in the prices of fertilizers especially that of phosphatic and potassic ones. Due to drastic fluctuations in the prices, the Odisha farmers are facing serious difficulties, the chief minister emphasized.
The farmers are being exploited by the unscrupulous elements dealing in fertilizers. Not only that, because of high prices of phosphatic and potassic , farmers are using urea more which could quickly degrade soil and reduce crop yield, Navin Patnaik noted.
At a time when the states in the eastern part of the country are preparing for a green revolution through an increase in consumption of fertilizers, the present developments do not augur well, the chief minister remarked.