Fertiliser crunch hits Kavre farmers hard

Kavre, July 4

With the onset of monsoon, local farmers in Kavre have been facing acute shortage ofs of chemical fertilisers.

As the farming season commences across the country, farmers are worried that shortage of fertilisers will affect their yield adversely.

The stock of fertilisers in the warehouse of Dhulikhel-based Agriculture Materials Company Limited is depleted and this has been hurting farmers for the last two weeks.

Chief of the company Ashok Khadka said that the stock had all but depleted a few days ago. “The fertiliser we have purchased through a global tender from China is currently stocked in Kolkata of India,” he said.

He added, “We have requested the concerned authority in India to send the fertilisers to Nepal soon.”

Kedar Adhikar, a farmer in Panchkal, said that the paddy in his field was wilting due to lack of fertilisers.

“If we don’t use fertilisers within a week, our paddy crops will die,” he said.

The Agriculture Materials Company has been preparing to distribute fertilisers brought from Birgunj to meet the increased demand.

Around 50,000 sacks of urea and 5,000 sacks of potassium had been stocked in the Dhulikhel-based godown.

The company has been selling fertilisers in Kavre, Sindhupalchowk and Ramechhap, among other districts.