Fertiliser crunch hits Kavre farmers hard

Kavre, November 1

The prolonged Tarai agitation called by United Democratic Madhesi Front has caused an acute shortage of chemical fertilisers in Kavre district. The ongoing agitation in the plains has disrupted import of fertilisers, among other goods, from India.

Dhulikhel-based Agriculture Inputs Company Limited said their stock has been depleted as they have not been able to import fertiliser to the Tarai bandh.

Section officer at the office, Basudev Sharma, said his office had run out of stock after fertilisers in their go-down was distributed to the cooperatives and farmers in Panchkhal area of the district.

According to Sharma, the office only has 300 sacks of potassium in stock. As it is the plantation season, farmers are in urgent need of chemical fertilisers. Sharma said his office has not been able to import fertilisers from Birgunj’s dry port due to the ongoing Tarai agitation. The company had sold 8,239 sacks of DAP and 525 sacks of urea fertiliser last month.

The demand for fertilisers is high among the farmers of Panchkhal, Mahadevsthan and Nala, among other places. Santosh Baniya, a farmer from Panchkhal, Kavre, said they might have to leave the field barren if they do not get fertiliser. “If we do not get fertilisers soon, potato seeds will go to waste and farmers will have to bear huge losses,” Baniya added.

The company sold chemical fertilisers worth around Rs 374,620,000 last year in the district alone.