Pawar seeks subsidy rejig for ‘balanced’ fertiliser use

Initially,the government focussed on enhancing fertiliser usage.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2012 12:58 am

Pointing out that higher fertiliser subsidy on urea has led to unbalanced fertiliser usage in parts of the country,Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday sought the support from MPs to incentivise the subsidy towards balanced fertiliser usage.

“Initially,the government focussed on enhancing fertiliser usage. As a result,agricultural productivity was increased by 50 per cent with the help of fertilisers during the first Green Revolution. But now we find that the increased fertiliser usage is not witnessing commensurate productivity increase. In fact,high subsidy on some fertilisers is leading to unbalanced fertiliser usage. For example,urea is being used by farmers in high quantity which is affecting productivity,” Pawar said addressing a supplementary question asked by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi in Lok Sabha.

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