Ongoing problem of fertilizer shortage hits Dhanusha « Khabarhub

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A woman sprays fertilizer in a field. (File photo/RSS)

DHANUSHA: The persistent problem of fertilizer shortage faced by farmers across the country has hit Dhanusha district.

Sovit Pandit of the Rural Municipality of Aaurahi-3 frequented a nearby fertilizer dealer, but had to return empty-handed without fertilizer.

“The preparation of the seedbeds begins. But the shortage of fertilizer hits. I received fertilizer during winter wheat. But now I’m tired of going to fertilizer dealers,” he lamented.

He worries about how to plant the seedlings without fertilizer. Shyam Yadav from Dhanushadham-4 Municipality is also in the same situation.

“I visited authorities ranging from fertilizer dealer to Krishi Samagri Company Limited office in Janakpurdham for fertilizer. Krishi Samagri asked me to visit the nearby dealership. However, the dealer sent me back empty-handed without fertilizer,” he complains.

Rice planting has started in most districts of the country including Dhanusha. But farmers in Dhanusha are worried about the lack of fertilizer.

Diminishing supply of fertilizers (diammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea) to meet the growing demand in the district has compounded the problem, said the head of the Agricultural Knowledge Center, Bechan Sah.

For the current fiscal year, 2078/79, 5,000 metric tons of urea and 4,500 metric tons of DAP have been requested for Dhanusha and Mahottari districts.

But only 2,495 metric tons of DAP and 4,114 metric tons of urea have been received so far, he said.

“All DAP inventory has been liquidated. But there are only 55 metric tons of urea left,” he said.

Out of 6,000 metric tons of urea and 5,000 metric tons of DAP requested for the districts for the previous fiscal year 2077/78, only 3,200 metric tons of urea and 4,500 metric tons of DAP were supplied, it said. -he declares.

Out of a total of 76,531 hectares of arable land in Dhanusha district, about 55,000 hectares have been cultivated for rice planting, according to the knowledge center.

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