Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumad Dhumal today stated in the Vidhan Sabha that there is no scarcity of fertilizers in the state as there is sufficient stock of chemical manures and the government is striking a balance between demand and supply.
Responding to a joint query by Congress member Vidya Stokes (Kumarsain) and GS Bali (Nagrota), asked in absence by Rajesh Dharmani (Ghumarwani) during Question Hour, the Chief Minister said that government has the capacity to store about 150 lakh tonnes of fertilizers in its stores. He said the government has proposed to provide Rs 5.5 crore in the state budget to ensure constant supply of fertilizers to farmers in the ensuing years.
Replying to a supplementary query, Dhumal said that during 2009-10, HIMFED received advances of Rs 11.50 lakh to supply fertilizers to few societies and dealers in the state. He said that the matter to provide interrupted chemical manures to farmers well in time has been raised in recent National Conference of Agriculture Ministers’ at Delhi. He warned that state government would not hesitate to take action against the culprit if any firms or dealers would overcharge from the farmers.
He said that state government is providing margin money to private firms to sell fertilizers to farmers. He said the state government is giving margin money of Rs 90 on every tonne sale of Urea, Rs 70 on CAN, Rs 123 on NPK, Rs 51 on SSP, and Rs 66 on Ammonium Sulphate respectively.