State Agriculture Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on Monday met Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertiliser Srikant Jena with a view to solving the fertiliser crisis in the India, but to no effect.
Though Mishra had demanded allotment of more fertilisers to meet the requirement of the farmers during the current Kharif, there was no assurance from Jena.
Instead, Jena said since the February-July allotment of fertiliser to the State was yet to be exhausted, the State Government should ensure sale of fertilisers still lying at the disposal of the dealers.
On the other hand, Agriculture Minister Mishra lamented that though the Centre had assured to provide its full quota of 10.50 lakh MT during Kharif, the actual allotment had been to the tune of only 66 per cent till second week of August.
On the other hand, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra put the blame on the State Government for the shortage of fertilisers. Lack of specific Kharif plan and absence of fertiliser distribution chain resulted in the crisis.
Meanwhile, the State Government continued joint raids by officers of the Department of Agriculture and Vigilance sleuths on fertilizer stores and crackdown on black-marketers in a bid to streamline distribution of fertilisers.
So far, raids had been conducted on 1,438 wholesalers and 76 godowns were sealed in the entire State.