Sunday Jan 29, 2023
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Farmers still awaiting chemical fertilizers

2022 Nov 29, 10:54, Bhajani
Representative Image Photo: Xinhua/RSS

Ram Krishna Chaudhari from Tikapur Municipality-6 of Kailali was standing in line for his turn to get chemical fertilizer from a cooperative, but its office closed without providing the supply.

Chaudhari was in line since the morning for the chemical fertilizers needed for winter crops. He was however denied the fertilizer showing its dearth.

"Chemical fertilizer is the one we get most worried about when it is time for cultivation. Cultivation is difficult after the shortage of fertilizer," he said, adding that the cooperatives only provide it to their shareholders.

Laxman Chaudhari from the same locality shared a similar plight, "It has been more than a week since the land is tilled, but chemical fertilizer is not received. If the problem persists, I will not continue cultivation."

Moreover, Suresh Kathariya from Bhajani Municipality-6 is planning for foreign employment and said, "He had been able to sow wheat seeds only in five bighas out of 15 bighas of land. It was because of the lack of fertilizer."

He further said if the chemical fertilizer was available in the market on time, he could cultivate all his land and sow wheat seeds.

These are representative cases of how the farmers are afflicted with the unavailability of essentials during cultivation time.

The manager of the cooperative, Govind Rawat, admitted that they were not able to distribute the chemical fertilizers to all farmers. Even the farmers growing seeds could not be provided the fertilizers, he added.

Similarly, Dhansinghpur Agriculture Cooperatives of Tikapur Municipality-8 also said it was unable to distribute chemical fertilizers. Cooperatives' Chairperson Dhansing Saud said, "The fertilizer selling depot provides only 50 to 60 packs which are too little to address the growing demand."


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