Farmers in the region are complaining of shortage of urea, while the department of cooperative societies has said that the farmers have already exceeded their targeted quota for the paddy season.
The department has said that 30,190 tonne urea had been supplied to the region against the targeted supply of 27,450 tonne. Officials said that another consignment of 2,500 tonnes would be available in the district within two-three days.
Farmer Tarsem Singh of Basti Peer Daad said that he was unable to buy urea from co-operative society, Sangal Sohal, on Saturday.
“During the wheat season too, there was shortage of urea, which created a situation of black marketing of fertilisers. We were forced to buy the nutrient at higher rates,” he claimed
He added that this time too, taking advantage of the shortage of urea, pesticides and fertiliser dealers are selling urea at much inflated rates.
He added that lack of power and deficient monsoons had also made the farmer apprehensive of the productivity of his field and urea might have been used in excess to maintain the productivity level of the land.
Farmer Baljeet Singh Billa, a resident of Gakhlan, claimed that there had not been a single bag of urea in the village cooperative society for over the past week.
He alleged that with shortages galore, farming was becoming a non-viable option. He added that after shortage of power, water and urea, the state government stood exposed.
Another farmer Balbir Singh claimed that urea sellers had been claiming that there were out of stock.
Speaking to HT, the secretary of Sangal Sohal co-operative society, Ranjeet Singh, said that a request had been sent to the head office for immediate supply of fertilisers.
Deputy registrar of co-operative societies, Ashok Kumar Chadha, said that the department had already supplied more than the targeted quantity of urea. He claimed that farmers had used urea in excess quantity to make up for the shortage of rain in the paddy season.
He added that the department had written to the higher officials to supply 2,500 tonne urea immediately in the region, and the supply was expected within two-three days.