Deficit rainfall in the state has not only affected crops production but has also taken a toll on fertiliser consumption,which has gone down by nearly 40 per cent this season.
According to Gujarat State Co-operative Marketing Federation Ltd (Gujcomasol) officials,even if it rains now,there will be no crops of paddy,groundnut or cotton,which will further reduce demand for fertilisers.
Now the only hope lies in guar and castor crops,but they require less use of fertilisers,said Manoj Patel,chief executive officer of Gujcomasol,on Wednesday.
He said that compared to the fertiliser offtake of 2.25 lakh tonnes by July 2011,it has gone down to 1.4 lakh tonnes this year.
Patel said that lower demand for fertilisers has resulted in piling of stocks and also led to slowed recovery of dues to some extent. But this will be taken care of by our other operations,like commerce division activities through our trading arm, he added.
A M Khorajia of the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation centre at Danta in Banaskantha district said that besides rain deficit,competition in prices has also hit the demand for phosphoric fertilisers.
Rameshbhai Sutariya in Dhari (Amreli district) sees no chance of demand picking up in near future. Today we have not sold a single bag and this situation is prevailing for the past 15 days, he said.