Even as the nation-wide lockdown paralysed almost all economic activities, sale of fertilizers reached a record level between April and June, according to the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
The POS sale of fertilizers to farmers in April-June was 111.61 lakh tonnes, up by 82.81 per cent when compared to the sale of 61.05 lakh tonnes during the same period last year.
Similarly, 64.82 lakh tonnes of urea, up by 67 per cent as compared to last year; 22.46 lakh tonnes of DAP, cent per cent higher than last year, and 24.32 lakh tonnes of complex fertilizers, 120 per cent more than last year, were sold, according to a Press Information Bureau press release.
Despite movement restrictions during nationwide lockdown owing to Corona pandemic, production and supply of fertilizers in the country was going on in full swing without hindrance, thanks to concerted efforts of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Railways, state governments and ports.
This is in line with the commitment made by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to ensure availability of fertilizers to all farmers for the forthcoming Kharif season.
“We have been closely monitoring the stock and availability of fertilizers to farmers during Kharif season. State governments have been provided with sufficient stock of fertilizers,” said Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda. The government was keen on availability of fertilizers to farmers before commencement of sowing season.
On June 30 alone, 73 fertilizer rakes moved from plants and ports to various destinations. This was the highest movement of fertilizers in a single day. Each rake carried 3,000 tonnes of fertilisers.