JEYPORE: Irked over urea scarcity in Jeypore, farmers blocked Visakhapatnam-Raipur Nationwide Freeway-26 close to Umuri regional cooperative advertising society (RCMS) for a number of hours on Saturday.
The agitators shouted slogans in opposition to the Koraput district administration and staged demonstrations in entrance of the RCMS. They accused the administration of being hand in glove with unscrupulous merchants.
Whereas fertilisers usually are not accessible in government-approved shops, merchants are promoting urea at lofty costs out there. The standard management inspector’s workplace underneath the district agriculture wing has turned a blind eye to the unlawful apply, the farmers alleged. The protestors demanded two baggage of urea per acre of land, an sufficient provide of different fertilisers and a crackdown on black marketeers by the administration.
On being knowledgeable, officers of the Agriculture division reached the protest spot and guaranteed the farmers of sufficient fertiliser provide in subsequent few days following which the blockade was withdrawn. A whole bunch of autos have been stranded on the NH for hours because of the farmers’ protest.
Official sources mentioned Koraput requires 16,500 tonne of urea however solely 12,000 tonne has been provided to the district by completely different businesses to this point. Contacted, chief district agriculture officer BC Nath mentioned the division is helpless as shortage of fertilisers is being witnessed in different components of the State as effectively. The inventory acquired by way of businesses is being equally distributed.