Relief to farmers before Rabi season (file photo)
After the Kharif crop, now the farmers have started preparing for Rabi. In view of this, the government has also raced to provide relief to the farmers. So that farmers do not have to face any kind of financial difficulties. Also, the cost of agriculture can be reduced to the farmers. Now fertilizers have become expensive in agriculture. But farmers have to use it. In view of this, Fertilizer Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has directed all the companies not to increase the retail prices of DAP (Di-Ammonium Phosphate) and other phosphatic fertilizers.
Subsidy on DAP and some other non-urea fertilizers increased
According to the information received from the sources, the government is trying to make available DAP and other phosphatic fertilizers to the farmers at a cheaper rate during the current Rabi season. So that farmers do not face any problem. The Fertilizer Minister said that the government has increased the subsidy on DAP and some other non-urea fertilizers. But increasing the subsidy on non-urea fertilizers is unlikely. According to sources, the minister has said that the government will not allow any increase in the retail prices of DAP and also will not tolerate nexus in the matter of prices.
Subsidy increased for non-urea fertilizers
The Union Cabinet had in June increased the subsidy for DAP and some other non-urea fertilizers by Rs 14,775 crore to keep the cost of crop nutrients low for farmers despite rising costs. The move was aimed at providing relief to the farmers amid the pandemic.
Farmers will get DAP at old rate
After urea, Di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer is the most widely used fertilizer in the country. The government had increased the subsidy on DAP by 140 percent due to the jump in global prices. Subsidy of DAP fertilizer has been increased from Rs 500 per bag to Rs 1,200 per bag. The government had said that farmers would continue to get DAP at the old rate of Rs 1,200 per bag. One bag contains 50 kg of fertilizer. The government has allocated around Rs 79,600 crore for fertilizer subsidy in the budget for 2021-22.
what is the current status
Presently the subsidy rate for N (Nitrogen) is Rs 18.789, P (Phosphorus) Rs 45.323, Rs 10.116 for (Potash) and Rs 2.374 for S (Sulphur). The subsidy is for every kilogram of fertilizer. The center is providing 22 grades of P&K fertilizers including Urea and DAP fertilizers at subsidized prices to the farmers through fertilizer manufacturers/importers.
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