Wheat growers in district are getting sleepless nights due to short supply of urea. The long queues of farmers outside the Kisan Sewa Kendras are a common sight, but the district administration and the government are not ready to admit any shortage of urea at Sangrur.
"I have wheat crop in 7 acres and I got only 5 bags of urea after spending four hours in a queue against the need of 21 bags," said farmer Kulbir Singh, a resident of finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa's village Ubhawal. Following repeated protests, the district administration had decided to provide 10 bags to every farmer, but now it has reduced the quantity to 5 bags, which has agitated the large farmers.
"I have 15 acres of wheat and got only 5 bags against the required 45 bags. They do not have any system to distribute urea according to the need of the farmer, as they are distributing 5 bags to each without any verification," said Harvir Singh of Chatha Shekwa village, adding, "I want to ask the government what should I do for the other 40 bags that I need."
Against the growing demand, the district administration has come out with a press release claiming that it has supplied about 9,02,92 metric tonnes (MT) of urea for 2.84 lakh hectares of wheat in the district.
"As per the figures, there is no shortage of urea as 90292 MT of urea has been supplied for 2.84 lakh hectares of wheat against the demand of 77000 MT," said chief agriculture officer Rajinder Sohi.
However, he advised the farmers to use other alternatives as per the requirement of the crop and soil.
But the farmer leaders are slamming the government for releasing false figures and accusing farmers of hoarding urea.
"If a farmer has enough urea, why he will he spend several hours in queue in biting cold," asked Niranjan Singh, state secretary of BKU Rajewal adding, "Most of the wheat in the district has completed 60 days, it requires third dose of urea now and most of the farmers could not give second dose. There is a shortage of about 35% of urea in the district."