Accusing Madhya Pradesh of failing to lift its quota of urea sanctioned by the Centre, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kantilal Bhuria on Thursday said it has compounded the plight of farmers expecting good returns from rabi crops.
The Centre had sanctioned 2.5 lakh ton of urea, but the state was able to lift only 1.5 lakh ton, Bhuria told reporters
Instead of trying to solve the problem, the state government is blaming the Centre for the crisis, he said, adding that dearth of fertilisers during the rabi season has compounded the plight of farmers.
Claiming that Madhya Pradesh was supplying power to Rajasthan, the minister said the state should first meet its requirement and provide power to its own farmers.
Promising adequate urea to farmers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters in Hoshangabad that the state had been maintaining constant pressure on the Centre for supply of fertilisers.
The Chief Minister claimed to have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Fertiliser and Railway Ministers, seeking speedy supply of urea this month.