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Govt promises to get P&K fertilisers at reasonable rates

The Centre on Wednesday promised to intervene through diplomatic channels for timely supply of phosphatic (P) and potassic (K) fertilisers from the international market at reasonable rates.

Govt promises to get P&K fertilisers at reasonable rates
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Govt promises to get P&K fertilisers at reasonable rates

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New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday promised to intervene through diplomatic channels for timely supply of phosphatic (P) and potassic (K) fertilisers from the international market at reasonable rates.

The assurance was given to the fertiliser industry in a recent meeting called on April 12 to review the availability of the key soil nutrients for the forthcoming kharif 2021 season beginning June, according to an official statement.

In the meantime, companies were told not to hike the retail prices of P&K fertilisers such as di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), the most used fertiliser after urea in the country, and were directed to consult the government before changing any price. In the meeting chaired by Fertiliser Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, the issue of increase in prices of P&K fertilisers were discussed in "length" and understood concerns of the companies with regard to rising global prices of raw materials. The companies said they will sell at "old rates" the existing inventory lying at retail points, wholesale points, rake points and warehouses. However, they requested for the government's intervention through the diplomatic channel to convince the suppliers to keep the pipeline smooth with regard to supplies and prices at reasonable rates. To this, Gowda and Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya said, "The necessary interventions through the diplomatic channels will be made so as to get the timely supply of raw material, finished fertiliser from the international sources."

The ministers promised the industry leaders that the government will take all necessary steps which will support their efforts to ensure timely availability and supply of various fertilisers in the present scenario.

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