Accusing the Centre of “step motherly” treatment to Karnataka over fertiliser supply,a delegation of 19 BJP MPs from the state met Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and demanded adequate urea and DAP to the state on Wednesday.
The MPs also demanded that NAFED should agree to buy even smaller size dry coconuts produced by the state’s farmers.
“19 party MPs from Karnataka today met Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to demand adequate supply of urea and DAP fertilisers as there is a shortfall of these in our state. The minister has assured for the supply of required fertilisers including one lakh 70 thousand metric tonne of urea,” senior party leader Ananth Kumar who led the delegation told reporters outside Parliament.
“Due to step motherly attitude of the Central government,the required amount of fertilisers was not allocated to Karnataka for the sowing season,” the MP said,adding that Karnataka is the only state where agriculture has started in 70 lakh hectares of land due to good rain when a drought-like situation prevails in other parts of the country.
Kumar said the MPs also asked Pawar to ensure that NAFED should also buy 45 mm-size dry coconut (khopra) from the state farmers. So far,NAFED buys only 75 mm dry coconuts from them. He claimed that the minster has assured the delegation that this will also be