Urea Scarcity Resulting from Suspension of Freight Trains to Hit Sowing of Wheat, Greens in Punjab

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Chandigarh: The suspension of freight trains in Punjab has triggered acute scarcity of urea for wheat and vegetable crops in Punjab, with the state authorities saying rabi crop sowing is more likely to be hit due to it. Farmers require urea, a key fertiliser for rabi crops, and DAP (diammonium phosphate) for sowing wheat and different vegetable crops like potato, an official of the state agriculture division mentioned.

“There’s a scarcity of urea within the state,” one other senior official of the division mentioned on Sunday. In response to the officers, Punjab wants 14.50 lakh tonnes of urea for the rabi season, however solely about 75,000 tonnes is accessible within the state.

They mentioned 4 lakh tonnes of urea was presupposed to arrive within the month of October, however just one lakh tonnes was acquired. For November, the state has an allocation of 4 lakh tonnes of urea. Wheat sowing season will begin in November. It’s anticipated to be cultivated in about 35 lakh hectare space within the state through the rabi season.

“Urea is basically required on the time of first irrigation of wheat within the first week of December,” one of many officers mentioned, including that round 6.45 lakh tonnes of urea is required throughout December alone. Apart from, it’s also required for potatoes and different greens crops, the officers mentioned.

Urea is coming by way of vans from Ambala and Dabwali, but it surely raises transportation price considerably, they added. “The crop yield might be hit if enough dose of urea shouldn’t be given to crops,” they mentioned.

Punjab will get urea provides by way of trains from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and different states. Railways has suspended items practice companies in Punjab within the wake of blockade of some rail tracks by farmers protesting over Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had sought Punjab authorities’s assurance for security of trains and crew members to revive freight companies, after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh requested him to intervene to renew the companies. Items practice companies had earlier resumed within the state after farmer unions on October 21 introduced exempting them from their weeks-old ‘rail roko’ agitation over the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.

Nonetheless, the railways later suspended items practice operations, saying protesting farmers had been nonetheless blocking the tracks.