Sukhnandan seeks LG’s intervention on acute urea shortage in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 21: During ongoing Rabi season in Jammu, the acute shortage of urea has made the farmers worried.
Seeking the intervention of LG Manoj Sinha, the former Minister and senior BJP leader Choudhary Sukhnandan Kumar said that black marketing of urea at double rate during the ongoing Rabi season has further worsen the already fractured financial condition of the Jammu based farmers.
“The farmers in Jammu face urea and fertilizers shortage due to less supply from the Central Government,” said Sukhnandan, adding many farmers in the Jammu’s kandi area as well as border area were struggling for urea.
“The shortage for urea, a fertilizer essential for Rabi crops, mainly wheat and maize, is due to its unavailability at the officially designated fertilizer dealer shops across the J&K UT,” the senior BJP leader said after meeting with hundreds of farmers who gathered at Marh block near the office of Ch Sukhnandan, who assured the villagers that he would take up the matter with the LG Manoj Sinha to intervene and resolve the issue.
Sukhnandan Kumar said urea and fertilizers are totally missing at dealer shops and the Central Government must also arrange fertilizer and ensure its delivery to farmers in Jammu at an earliest.
“Urea dealers have been informing farmers that they don’t have a single bag of urea. But it is being sold in the black market. The Government promises to help farmers to increase their income are just on papers,” Sukhnandan said, adding, the Rabi crops will be affected due to a lack of urea. He further said that the shortage of urea and fertilizer will reduce wheat crop output by 20-30 per cent in Jammu.