Fertilizers, agro chemicals be listed as essential commodities: Dilawar Mir

Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) leader Mohammad Dilawar Mir on Monday urged the government to include production, supply and distribution of fertilizers and agrochemicals in the list of essential commodities notified by the government.

In a statement, Mir said while government has put necessary restrictions on public movement and other services in view of the situation arising due to covid-19, the farming community and fruit growers were suffering for want of fertilizers and agro chemicals which were direly needed in this season.

“The government should keep in view that summer crop is not only a key crop cycle for farmers but is equally important for growth of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy which largely depends on agricultural sector,” Mir said, adding the government must notify and include transportation of fertilizers and agro chemicals in its essential services and commodities list.

Mir said due to non availability of fertilizer and seeds, farmers in J&K would lose crops and overall crop production would be drastically impacted.

“The use of fertilizers and oil and agro chemical spray in orchards is a time bound process to cope up with apple scab which is already a declared epidemic in the world. If these essential commodities are not made available to the farmers and orchardists at this point of time, the same can’t be compensated by any means in an off season,” he said.

Similarly, he said while Punjab has already listed production, supply and distribution of fertilizers and agro chemicals in its notified lists of essential commodities and services, the J&K government has ignored this important sector.

He urged the government to provide packing, grading and priority transportation facilities to farmers and fruit growers so that the fruit stored in orchards and cold stores was not allowed to rot due to prevailing lockdown.