This is why farm­ers can’t af­ford fer­tilis­ers

Pol­icy flaw lets pri­vate play­ers jack up prices and siphon off mas­sive gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies. un­cov­ers a huge scam that is sti­fling lakhs of farm­ers


farmer who suf­fers the e most,” says a for­mer of­fi­cial with DoF oF on con­di­tion of anonymity. So o why is a sec­tor meant to up­lift farm­ers com­pletely un­reg­u­lated lated and rid­dled with crony ony prac­tices? “They (pri­vate ate play­ers-man­u­fac­tur­erssim­porters) cite ev­eryy­thing, from in­ter­na­tional nal prices to the ex­change ge rates as the rea­son for hike in fer­tiliser prices. es. With DAP, for in­stance, , in no way should the hike ex­ceed 21,000. But it t still crossed 25,000,” he adds. dds.

Ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment nment fig­ures, the to­tal quan­tum ntum of fer­tiliser sub­sidy re­leased ased in 2011 was a whop­ping 65,836

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