192,000 tonnes of fertilisers to be imported within July
By Laxman Kafle Kathmandu, June 8: The government claimed that around 200,000 tonnes of chemical fertiliser will be imported by mid-July this year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, some quantity of fertiliser is being imported at present and some will be imported by mid-July this year targeting the paddy plantation season.
The Ministry said that about 192,000 tonnes of chemical fertilisers, including urea and DAP, will arrive in the country by mid-July.
Out of 192,000 tonnes, around 102,000 tonness of urea and 90,000 tonnes of DAP fertiliser will be brought.
Out of the total fertiliser to be purchased by Salt Trading Corporation (STC), it will receive 20,000 tonnes of DAP and 22,000 tonnes of urea by the second week of June, said the Ministry.
Similarly, the Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL) will start receiving 30,000 tonnes of urea from the last week of June, said the Ministry.
In addition, 20,000 tonnes of DAP will be received from the first week of July and 20,000 tonnes of DAP fertiliser from the second week of June.
The Ministry claimed that 50,000 tonness of urea and 30,000 tonness of DAP fertiliser to be purchased from India through G2G will be received by the third week of July.
The government has been providing chemical fertilisers to farmers at subsidised rates for a long time.
According to the policy, the government will provide urea, DAP and potash fertilisers that have been made available to the farmers at subsidised prices.The Ministry said that despite continuous efforts for easy supply of chemical fertilisers, fluctuations in the
prices of fertilisers in the global market have caused inconvenience in the supply of fertilisers.
Farmers across the country are currently facing a shortage of chemical fertilsiers.The government of Nepal has entered into an agreement with the Government of India to purchase 565,000 tonnes of urea and 370,000 tonnes of DAP fertiliser in the next five years through government-to-government (G2G) process.
Efforts are being made to purchase 150,000 tonnes of chemical fertilisers from the government of India under this agreement for this year to facilitate the supply of fertilisers during the paddy plantation season, said the Ministry.
Under this agreement, the government of Nepal has appointed AICL and the government of India has appointed Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited for the procurement process.
According to the Ministry, the purchase agreement is in the final stage after negotiations and discussions between the two companies.
The government had allocated a budget of Rs. 15 billion for the import of chemical fertilisers and distribution to the farmers in subsidy for the current fiscal year 2021/22.
During the current fiscal year, a total of 222,000 tonnes of chemical fertilisers, including 105,000 tonnes on behalf of AICL and 117,000 tonnes on behalf of STC, were not provided by various suppliers within the time limit of the agreement.This created problems in the supply of fertilisers across the country, said the Ministry.
There is a situation where the contract of such suppliers who do not provide fertilisers within the time period has been canceled and the process to take action has been taken forward.
During the current fiscal year, around 100,000 tonnes of urea, 44,700 tonnes of DAP and 7,500 tonnes of potash were supplied.The Rising Nepal