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