Aimed at ensuring sufficient stocks of urea and diammonium phosphate (DAP) at village level godowns of the cooperative societies, the Haryana Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) has revised the policy for supply of fertilisers to the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACSs) and Cooperative Marketing Societies (CMSs).
Hafed is the sole state nodal agency for distribution of fertilisers through the cooperative network.
Ashok Yadav, managing director of Hafed, said on Wednesday that the new policy would strengthen the supply chain and help the corporatives to become economically viable entities.
He said that every year Haryana farmers' requirement of DAP was 7.50 lakh metric tonnes (MT) while urea at 16 lakh MT and the requirement was met by the cooperatives and the private players.
Yadav was here to convene a meeting for effective implementation of the policy introduced last week by the state government.
“Through the cooperative network, Hafed provides 4 lakh MT DAP and 5 lakh MT urea annually to the farmers. We have a plan to increase the supply of fertilisers to ensure that village level godowns have ample stock for expected future demands,” he said.
Rubbishing claims that there was a widespread fertiliser shortage, Yadav said that Hafed's chain had stock to meet the requirements up to March.
Yadav said that the policy had been framed in view of the long standing demand of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACSs) and Cooperative Marketing Societies (CMSs) to increase distribution margin on sale of fertilisers.
“The new policy will motivate the PACSs and CMSs to make advance stocking of fertilisers during off-season period. This will also ensure optimum utilisation of storage space available with these societies to their benefit, thereby strengthening the cooperative network at village level by making them financially sound,” he added.