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Fertiliser supply disrupted

  • Published at 12:36 pm December 8th, 2013

Despite the availability of sufficient stocks, the supply of both urea and non-urea fertilisers to dealers has been disrupted due to the ongoing countrywide blockade, officials said.

On the other hand, farmers claimed that taking advantage of the non-stop shutdown, a group of unscrupulous traders were selling fertilisers at higher prices, asserting that there were no stocks in reserve.

If the opposition blockade continues, the Bangladesh Fertiliser Association (BFA) fears that rice growers may wage a movement to ensure adequate supplies during the upcoming boro season, the peak time for fertiliser consumption.

Alongside boro production, non-urea fertilisers, including MOP and DAP, are also being used for potato and vegetable cultivation in the winter season, officials said.

According to Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, stocks of urea fertiliser at dealer level came down to 77,000 tonnes, against a national stock of about 5.69 lakh tonnes, on Saturday.

Saturday’s figures for non-urea fertilisers show that DAP (diammonium phosphate) stocks stood at 43,000 tonnes at dealer level, against 3.6 lakh tonnes nationally, while MOP (muriate of potash) stood at 47,000 tonnes, against 2.86 lakh tonnes at national level, and TSP (triple super-phosphate) stood at 38,000 tonnes, against 3.2 lakh tonnes of national stock.

BFA president Kamrul Ashraf Khan said there were enough stocks of urea and non-urea fertilisers, but supplies at field level could not be ensured due to the ongoing blockade.

“We fear that the growers may launch a movement demanding fertilisers in the current peak season,” Kamrul said.

The prices of fertilisers have also increased due to the gap between demand and supply, the BFA leader said.

SM Nazmul Islam, secretary to the agriculture ministry, said the government was trying to get supplies to the dealers, so fertilisers would be available for the growers. He also claimed that prices may have increased due to higher transport costs.

“As transport charges go up during blockades, fertiliser prices may also go up. But we will conduct mobile courts to check it,” Nazmul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune at his office yesterday.

The secretary also said sufficient amounts of fertilisers were in stock for use in boro cultivation, which starts next week.

He added that waterways were still open for transporting fertilisers, to balance out the loss of other transportation routes.

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