Lower potash use may take shine away from fruits and vegetables

Import of fertiliser

The lower import of key fertilisers owing to world-wide selling price increase of the crop vitamins is unlikely to influence yield of crops this yr. Having said that, reduction in import of potash could impact the “shining” quality of domestically offered fruits and greens.

“There was a need to take a determination on use of chemical fertiliser and the governing administration has determined to import as per ‘actual requirement’ as world wide costs hit the roof,” an agriculture scientist reported requesting anonymity. “To be certain, there will be no impression on yield this 12 months even if there is reduction in software of urea, diammonium phosphate (DAP) and Muriate of Potash (MOP),” he claimed introducing the soil has previously excess of these vitamins and minerals due to imbalanced application.

The official focus on for 2021-22 foodgrain output is 307.31 million tonnes (mt) — 155.88 mt from rabi time and 151.43 mt from kharif. The country’s foodgrain output jumped to a report 308.65 mt and that of horticulture production to 331.05 mt through 2020-21 crop 12 months (July-June).

Incidentally, there were document income of fertilisers at 67 mt and also an all-time superior import of about 20 mt in 2020-21.

Questioned if the lessen application will affect exportable fruits and greens, he reported the exporters are aware about the implications (of overuse) and they will make confident of considered use from the recent availability of potash.&#13

Drop in imports

There has been a key minimize in import of potash (K) fertiliser as the region is totally dependent on overseas source and the sector is not all set to provide in far more quantity than what they can promote owing to fixed subsidy, unlike in phosphorous (P) in which government support was increased twice this fiscal, sector sources claimed.

The import of potash was 17.4 lakh tonnes (lt) for the duration of April-December this fiscal from 42.3 lt in entire 2020-21 and is unlikely to maximize much in January-March.

In case of DAP, the import was at 42.56 lt during April-January of FY22, the govt reported in parliament. Of this, about 2.46 lt ended up imported in January as providers are gearing up for the next kharif time and will get started contracts centered on subsidy plan. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has allocated ₹16,800 crore for import of P and K fertilisers during FY23 — a lot more than double from ₹8,260 crore in BE of FY22, but lower than the revised estimate of present fiscal at ₹25,087.34 crore.

Greater costs

Prices of MoP have been close to $280/tonne (CIF) in India all through June very last calendar year, but went up to $445 by September and even further to about $600 in December. Urea costs, way too, went up to $1,000/tonne in November past calendar year from about $400 in April. DAP rates also moved to about $700/tonne in September from about $445 in June.

While potash is mostly employed in horticulture and plantation crops, urea and DAP are utilized in all crops. The most retail selling price (MRP) of a 45-kg bag of urea is ₹242 and that of a 50-kg bag is ₹268, all prices special of costs towards neem coating and taxes as relevant. The Centre has not changed the MRP of urea considering the fact that 2012, when it was increased by ₹50/tonne to ₹5,360.

In Oct last year, the govt experienced authorized an supplemental fertiliser subsidy of ₹28,655 crore to insulate farmers from spending added for DAP following international price ranges surged. Earlier in June also it experienced accepted ₹14,775-crore more subsidy on DAP. While the govt pays a mounted subsidy for P and K fertilisers leaving the firms to decide the promoting value, it had to intervene this fiscal to maintain the DAP value underneath test at ₹1,200 for each bag (50 kg). However, no such announcement was designed for MoP fertiliser.

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February 09, 2022