Farmers throughout the nation, most of whom needed to extend acreage in cotton and soybeans, have been pressured to recalculate their budgets as the value hike in fertilizers introduced in April comes into pressure forward of the kharif season.
Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative (IFFCO), the nation’s largest fertilizer vendor, introduced a 45-58 per cent hike in costs in April.
Dimonium phosphate (DAP), the second mostly used nitrogen fertilizer after urea, rose 58 % to Rs 1,900 per bag from the present Rs 1,200 per bag (50 kg). Similarly, different advanced fertilizers with completely different NPKS (nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur) ratios have seen vital will increase within the promoting costs. So, a bag at 10:26:26 was priced at Rs 1,775 per bag, in comparison with its present value of Rs 1,175 per bag. Other advanced fertilizers like 12:32:16 (Rs. 1,185 to Rs. 1,800 per bag) and 20: 20: 0: 13 (Rs. 925 to Rs. 1,350 per bag) noticed a steep rise in costs. While the value hike was to take impact from 1 April, most farmers have begun to really feel its affect as they go about their purchases.
Sangli-based Ankush Chormale, whose household grows sugarcane on 9 acres in Ashta village in Valwa taluka, stated the value enhance would enhance the manufacturing value by Rs 7,000-8,000 per acre. Chormale stated that as quickly because the information of the hike in fertilizer costs was introduced in April, a brief video message from a Union minister went viral, denying the value hike. “Now, we feel that the price increase should have been for the new stock and not the existing stock held by the retailers. As farmers, we did not need fertilizers in April and now when we need it, the input vendors are charging a new rate from us, ”he stated.
Yuvraj Patil, a resident of Shelgaon in Ardhpur taluka of Nanded district, had deliberate to extend the acreage of his soybean crop from 19 acres to 25 acres this kharif season, however excessive costs put a halt to his plans. He stated, ‘Complex fertilizers have out of the blue change into costly simply earlier than kharif sowing. What is the assure that this 12 months soybean costs shall be good? he questioned. Due to the traditionally excessive value of oilseeds available in the market, Patil offered a median value of 170 quintals of soybeans at Rs 6,000 per quintal final 12 months, which might have offset the upper enter prices. But there isn’t a assure that they are going to get the identical excessive costs this 12 months, Patil stated.
For soybean growers like Patil, who require a bag of DAP, with 20: 20: 00: 13 primary urea, they must pay Rs 3,200 per acre for the value hike, in comparison with Rs 2,175 per acre final 12 months. There was an acre. “In addition, soybean seed prices have risen this year, which is an additional cost for farmers buying seeds,” he stated.
For cotton growers, the value enhance would imply that they might solely need to pay Rs 1,500 per acre in fertilizers. This enhance comes in opposition to the backdrop of an enormous enhance in diesel costs, which the area has to bear. Most of the farmers had good returns on their crops, however this 12 months there isn’t a assure of the identical.
With farmers resorting to social media to protest the value hike, opposition political events have demanded it’s withdrawn. Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Dadasaheb Straw supported the demand to roll again the value hike.
Farmer chief Raju Shetty has additionally raised his voice in opposition to inflation. “The government should increase subsidies for fertilizers. Companies are not expected to run into losses, ”he stated.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS