Srinagar, Mar 20: Expressing concerns at the shortage of fertilizers in Kashmir markets, a group of farmers staged a protest demonstration here Monday.
Assembled under the banner J&K Kissan Sabha, a group of farmers during a protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave accused the government of failing to make fertilizers available in markets.
They alleged that dealers were indulging in black-marketing of stocked fertilizers and the government was not able to curb it.
“In the month of March, we apply fertilizers to our farming lands and orchards, and right now we are facing huge shortage of fertilizers. If we fail to get fertilizers it will adversely affect the agricultural productivity,” Abdul Salam, one of the protestors from Sopore said.
The protesters alleged that the agency contracted to supply fertilizers to Kashmir has failed to ensure timely supply of fertilizers to Kashmir.
“Material which was supposed to be transported to Kashmir in the month of February is still rotting at Udhampur and no concrete measures are being taken to transport the dumped fertilizers to Kashmir,” Javed Nabi, another farmer from Baramulla said.
The protesters alleged that only the wet and rotten fertilizers are being transported to Kashmir, which they said are dangerous for their orchards.
“Despite clear-cut directions from Agricultural Minister that no wet bags of fertilizers should be sent to Valley, wet and rotten fertilizers are being brought here,” Ghulam Mohammad Dar, chairman, J&K Kissan Sabha said.
Protesters appealed government to stop the inflow of substandard fertilizers to the Valley, and ensure timely availability of quality fertilizers in Kashmir.