Availability of quality fertilizers and seeds to farmers should be ensured: Minister Ramvichar Netam

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Raipur. Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare Minister Ramvichar Netam today conducted an in-depth review of the preparations for Kharif 2024-25 by holding a meeting of top officials of Agriculture and related departments at Mantralaya Mahanadi Bhawan. Minister Netam directed the officials to ensure the availability of quality fertilizers and certified seeds and other agricultural inputs. He said that it is the responsibility of the departmental officials to ensure the supply of fertilizers and seeds to the farmers as per their demand. There should not be any kind of negligence in this. He directed the officials to continuously visit their respective areas and monitor the storage and lifting of fertilizers and seeds as well as continue sampling and investigation to ensure their quality.

In the meeting, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shehla Nigar informed that in the last Kharif marketing year 2023, a total of 4.62 lakh quintals of seeds were distributed in the cooperative sector. In the current Kharif year 2024, the demand for 5.44 lakh quintals of seeds has been estimated in the cooperative sector. At present, a total of 6.31 lakh quintals of seeds are available with the Seed Corporation, which is 116 percent of the demand. As of June 10, a total of 4.16 lakh quintals of seeds have been stored in various cooperative societies, which is about 76 percent of the demand. So far, 2.41 lakh quintals of seeds have been lifted by the farmers, which is 47 percent more than the lifting of 1.64 lakh quintals in the same period last year. In the meeting, Nigar informed that the current storage of fertilizer in the cooperative sector is 6.20 lakh tonnes, which is 72 percent of the demand. Farmers have so far lifted 3.29 lakh tonnes of fertilizer which is 38 percent of the demand.

Agriculture Minister Ram Vichar Netam will inaugurate the three-day National Mango Festival on June 12
Agriculture Development and Farmer Welfare Minister Ram Vichar Netam will inaugurate the three-day National Mango Festival being organised in the Agricultural University campus from June 12 to 14 under the joint aegis of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Horticulture and Field Forestry and NGO Prakriti Ki Or tomorrow on June 12. More than 150 varieties of mango and 56 types of dishes will be showcased in the festival. A competition of different varieties of mango is being organised in this programme. Mango producers from Chhattisgarh and different states of the country will participate.

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