Manipur farmers protest against non-availability of fertilizers

Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 4 | Publish Date: 9/4/2021 11:55:52 AM IST

Farmers in Manipur continue to stage protest over non-availability of urea fertilizer in the government warehouse.

‘Stop doing politics with fertilizers. Instead address our plights. The season is already late. We would need no fertilizer after the season is over,’ the farmers lamented.

A large number of farmers in Kakching district staged a protest at Kakching Khunou. 

They were angered after the state agriculture minister recently claimed that more than enough urea fertilizer were distributed for farmers of the district. The angry farmers demanded the minister should clarify to which authority or to whom the fertilizer was allocated while maintaining that they got not a single bag of urea fertilizer for the season. The protesting farmers accused the government of doing politics while their crops were on the verge of failure.

They said that trusting the assurance by the chief minister as well as agriculture minister, a total of 708 farmers of the area submitted necessary documents to the pertinent authority for procuring the fertilizer. However, they were deprived of getting the fertilizer even as more than 10 days had passed since the submission of the documents, they alleged.

The farmers further alleged  that intending candidates close to the ruling parties procured the fertilizer in bulk and distributed it at their own will.

A farmer said scarcity of fertilizers has disrupted agricultural activities and false assurances of the government have made them helpless. 

“We have lost our faith in the system. But we are helpless as the fertilizer (urea) is not available even in the black market which we used to buy at much higher rates in the previous years,” he said.

Farmers across the state have been demanding availability of fertilizer since the start of the agricultural activities for the Kharif season.

The protesting farmers alleged that even though the government including chief minister N Biren Singh and agriculture minister O Lukhoi repeatedly assured availability of urea fertilizer, which is controlled by the state government, it was yet to be made available to them.

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