Chemical fertiliser crunch hits farmers hard

Sindhulimadi, April 28

Scarcity of urea has hit local farmers hard in the hilly districts of Province 3.

Farmers in Sindhuli, Ramechhap and Dolakha have been facing problems after the fertiliser stock in Agriculture Material Company Limited and Salt Trading Company ran out.

Farmers said they could not use chemical fertiliser for seasonal crops after the crisis hit them hard. The company’s sub-division office in Sindhuli has been providing the fertiliser to farmers in the districts.

Chief of Agriculture Material Company Limited, Sindhuli, Purna Raj Karki said it would take one more month to supply chemical fertiliser to the districts. “The crisis has hit farmers hard with urea unavailable even in the regional depot,” he added. Karki informed there was no fertiliser in the Birgunj-based regional depot, which supplies the fertiliser to 13 districts, including Sindhuli. He said the yearly consumption of urea in the three districts was 2,000 metric tonnes. Karki informed that 1,200 metric tonnes fertiliser was consumed in Sindhuli.

According to Karki, 693.250 metric tonnes urea has already been consumed in Sindhuli, 328.450 metric tonnes in Ramechhap and 157.400 metric tonnes in Dolakha this fiscal. The company has been selling chemical fertiliser through cooperatives in the districts.

Meanwhile, retailers of Salt Trading Company said the fertiliser crisis worsened after the company did not supply fertiliser to the districts.