“In this kharif season, the requirement of urea is estimated at 17 million tonnes while domestic production is likely to be around 13.3 million tonnes. The difference will be made available through imports,” he said.
He said that the government has already floated global tenders to import urea. “We will continue to import urea to meet the requirements of farmers across the country,” he said.
Gowda said that the country is likely to experience a good monsoon season this year, which will increase farm activity. “The demand for fertilisers may continue to remain at higher level this year also. Compared to last year, DBT sales of both urea and P & K fertilisers have been significantly higher in the months of April, May and June this year,” he said.
The area under cultivation has risen more than 13% due to timely arrival and progress of monsoon.
“The area this year is bound to be higher than last year during this period as monsoon was late last year and it progressed slowly in the first phase. This year monsoon is bang on time and the progress is also on or before schedule. The production of food grains will depend on how monsoon behaves in the latter half,” said Dr. J D Mishra, director, Institute of Agriculture Research and Development (IARD).
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