Use of urea was also likely to be above normal in the next Rabi season with the availability of ample water in most of the projects, Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) C. Parthasarathi said and directed the representatives of NFCL and SPIC companies to supply urea in accordance with plan for August.
In a meeting with the representatives of fertilizer companies and officials of the Agriculture Department and Markfed, Shri Parthasarathi stated that transplantation of paddy under different water sources, excluding the ayacut under Nagarjunsagar and Sriramsagar projects, was nearing completion. But it could be taken up in another 2 to 3 lakh ha under the two projects since they have received sufficient water.
The APC also asked the officials of NFCL and KRIBHCO to supply required rakes of urea to Nizamabad and Sanathnagar points. They told the meeting that one urea rake each would reach the two points by August 31.
The officials of NFCL stated that the companies two plans would start production from September 7. Similarly, the Commissioner directed the Markfed officials to always maintain the buffer stocks of urea, DAP and complex fertilizer as planned. Stating that use of fertilizer, particularly urea, was expected to increase in September and October Shri Parthasarathi told the fertilizer companies to keep the necessary stocks ready in the State.
The State Government has asked fertilizer companies to maintain required quantity of stocks of urea for timely supply to the needy farmers since the cultivation of paddy is expected to go up by 2 to 3 lakh hectares against the normal extent of 9.5 lakh ha this Kharif season.
Shri Parthasarathi told the representatives of fertilizer companies that the State Government would take up the matter of clearance for supply of urea in case any company was ready to supply additional quota of urea.