Fertiliser stocks dip further, minister asks farmers not to hoard

Supplies OF di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and muriate of potash (MOP) have exhausted to pretty much 33% of levels from a year prior, even as the pinnacle season for planting of rabi crops has taken off.

Information from the Department of Fertilizers shows DAP stocks at 14.63 lakh tons (lt) as on October 31, contrasted with 44.95 lt and 64 lt for that very day in 2020 and 2019. MOP stock accessibility was, similarly, down to 7.82 lt, from the relating October-end levels of 21.70 lt in 2020 and 21.52 lt in 2019.The circumstance isn’t as awful in urea and complex manures that contain various mixes of nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potash (K) and sulfur (S). October-shutting stocks were lower during the current year however not at close emergency levels: 52.90 lt versus 79.76 lt (2020) and 78.95 lt (2019) in urea; and 30.98 lt versus 38.40 lt and 52.13 lt for NPKS complexes.Farmers fundamentally plant mustard, potato, garlic, chana (chickpea), masoor (red lentil), matar (green peas), jeera (cumin) and dhaniya (coriander) during October. The pinnacle rabi interest for manures is during November-December, when planting of wheat and onion occurs. The current low stocks raise worries on that front.On Monday, in any case, Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya named reports of a deficiency as “bits of hearsay” and denied them. Interesting to ranchers not to “crowd” manures, he asserted that 18 lt of DAP will be provided in November, as against an extended interest of 17 lt. Supply of NPKS composts, at 30 lt, will likewise outperform the interest of 15 lt for the month.

Strangely, in the mean time, the authority information likewise uncover higher in general deals of manures in October. The month enlisted lower retail deals of DAP (13.9 lt against 15.37 lt in October 2020) and MOP (2.5 lt against 2.84 lt). Be that as it may, this was more than counterbalanced by expanded deals of urea (20.66 lt versus 17.55 lt), NPKS (13.07 lt versus 8.7 lt) and single super phosphate (7.93 lt versus 4.69 lt).The lack of material has apparently constrained ranchers to supplant DAP and MOP, which contain 46% ‘P’ and 60% ‘K’, with manures having less of these supplements. The last option incorporates single super phosphate (containing just 16% ‘P’ and 11% ‘S’) and NPKS buildings, for example, 12:32:16:0, 10:26:26:0 and 20:20:0:13. How much the change to low supplement content manures would assist meet with requesting before long, in any case, stays to be seen.Fertiliser firms have as of now climbed the retail costs of NPKS buildings like 10:26:26:0 and 12:32:16:0 from Rs 1,175-1,185 to Rs 1,450-1,500 for each 50-kg sack. While they haven’t expanded DAP rates (from Rs 1,200/pack), there isn’t a lot of load of this manure on the lookout.