KATHMANDU, JUNE 3
Due to the border restrictions, the fertilisers that were earlier ordered by Nepal have been stuck at Kolkata for the last two months. Farmers are also anxious about procuring fertilisers because of the transportation hurdles due to the lockdown.
However, the MoALD has claimed that fertilisers are being distributed smoothly and the government has enough stock until paddy plantation begins across the country.
“Indeed the border restrictions, lockdown in both countries and transportation hurdles have affected import of chemical fertilisers. However, we have been distributing fertilisers to the farmers from the available stock,” said Hari Bahadur KC, spokesperson for MoALD.
Diammonium phosphate (DAP) is in higher demand for paddy plantation than urea fertilisers, and the government has enough stock of DAP, he said. “There could be shortage of urea, but the ministry will figure out a way to bring it within a few days.”
“Fertilisers halted at Kolkata will soon be delivered once the railway services resume.
Likewise, the fertilisers ordered from Gujrat are also ready to depart for Nepal,” he said, “So, there shouldn’t be any issue of fertiliser availability this year. Farmers will not face fertiliser shortage specifically for the paddy plantation.”
He further said the paddy plantation across the country will begin in July, so within one month fertilisers will be imported and distributed.