After suffering for delayed paddy payment, farmers are now facing acute shortage of urea (nitrogen 46%) fertiliser for first application on wheat crop.
Most of the wheat crop is about a month-old and badly needs urea. But, most of the fertiliser shops are out of stock and cooperative societies too are getting too less supply to cater to the needs of their customers.
"We have no urea and may get in days to come, but nothing is certain," said a fertiliser dealer from Kotkapura.
As far as the multipurpose cooperative societies are concerned, they are distributing one or two bags to the farmers against the demand for several bags. Technically too, those farmers, who are cultivating land on contractual basis from other farmers, are at the receiving end.
"I want 85 bags of urea but I would be able to get only 21 bags as I have the limit of loan only for 14 acres. I am doing agriculture on leased land on annual contract basis," said Sukhdev Singh, a farmer from Sikhan Wala, who was waiting to buy fertiliser at the multipurpose cooperative society at Chahal village.
"I want 60 bags, but I shall only be able to get 15 for my ten acres limit with the society. The supply to the cooperative society is too small to cater to our needs. Most of the farmers are getting two-three bags as per their share," said Amarjeet Singh, another farmer waiting to buy urea at the cooperative society at Chahal village.
"If the situation continues to be like this, there would be exploitation of the farmers at the hands of the fertiliser dealers, because they start forcing the farmers to buy many unwanted products," said many farmers at Chahal village..
"I can buy only two bags while I need 10 as I have irrigated ten acres of wheat now," said Gurdev Singh, a farmer from Bir Sikhan Wala village.
"We have the requirement of about 2,600 bags, but we have got only 600 bags so far. So, we are unable to
distribute urea bags as per the needs of the farmers. Our supplier is not supplying the required amount of the fertiliser to us," said Gura Singh, secretary of Devi Wala multipurpose cooperative society.
Mohammad Tayyab, deputy commissioner, Faridkot, said that he had instructed the suppliers concerned to ensure the supply of urea as early as possible. I have also asked the chief agriculture officer to monitor the situation. The shortage will be made up in the next two days," he said.
"About 1 lakh bags of urea are arriving soon in the district. We have informed senior officials about the shortage," said Atma Singh Sidhu, chief agriculture officer, Faridkot.
In the district, farmers reportedly want at least 3 lakh bags of urea for the first application to wheat and other crops.