Deben said that fertilisers are needed to be utilised in time, if not they are useless in agriculture
The Congress MP opined that some of those involved in the activities attributing to shortage of urea are high-profile individuals, including from the ruling party.
Questioning where the urea has gone if the farmers are still facing shortages, LOUSAL president Mutum Churamani said the menace of selling urea in the black market has gone unchecked.
Manipur Agriculture department director Kh Lalmani said if the trial is successful it will bring a great benefit to the farmers.
Social worker Keithellakpam Ronen Singh provided 30 nags of urea fertilisers free of cost to villagers of Chanung in Khundrakpam where there are many COVID-19 positive cases.
Unavailability of basic needs of farming has demotivated the farmers in performing their agricultural activities and this will ultimately lead to dependency on other states, NILSAL stated.
MPCC member Deben said that as most of the farmers in the valley areas are tenants, they face inconvenience while producing documents of the paddy fields to avail the fertilisers
IFP Editorial: Now that MLAs and aspiring candidates are competing with each other in buying up chemical fertilisers and distribution, there is an urgent need to de-politicise fertiliser distribution which should involve the district administration and district level agriculture officers.
As many as 1,695 bags of fertilisers were handed over on Monday to recognised farmers.
The farmers in Kumbi took out a protest rally and said the state would face food insecurity in the future if the state government continues to neglect the farmers.
Police found 20 ‘super bags’ from one shop while 24 potash bags and five diamond bags were found from another shop during a search operation.
The season for planting of seeds and transplanting paddy has begun, but the government apathy and unconcern is such that the farmers are not getting fertilizers, despite waiting in long queues at the distribution centres, NEFIS said..
All district agriculture officers and fertiliser inspectors are directed to submit their inspection or verification report of their respective district relating to the reported sale of Urea Fertilizer at a higher price, the Directorate of Agriculture, Manipur stated.
The Manipuri Students Federation (MSF) also appealed to the district agriculture officer for timely release of the fertilisers allocated for the farmers.
Asking the farmers of Kakching to procure urea from district agriculture office, Thoubal will only compound the difficulties of the farmers with increased risks of mass COVID infections, Joint Non-Government Voluntary Organisation (JNGVO), Kakching stated
“I am a farmer's son. I grew up working at the paddy fields and I know exactly how much farmers struggle," the minister said.
The United People’s Front (UPF) stated that the practice of giving a bag of fertilizer to the farmers with farmer cards or farm documents should be dropped immediately.