Production of nano urea has increased and production of nano DAP will begin next year, the government said

Terming reports about fertilizer shortage in the country as "false and baseless", the government on Thursday asked farmers "not to believe the rumors".

Addressing a media conference, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba said, “As the Minister in charge of the Department of Fertilizers, I assure farmers that they will be made available the amount of fertilizer they require”.

He was trying to dispel rumours in certain quarters that there was going to be a fertilizer shortage in the country and farmers should collect enough fertilizer for the next four months. He said that such allegations were "false" and "completely baseless".

“Complex fertilizer use has been increasing in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Karnataka in past two years. Farmers in the state will benefit if they adopt complex fertilizers. Complex fertilizer gives better results than DAP. This is why the government is recommending the purchase of complex manure instead of DAP,” Khuba explained.

According to the Minister, the production of nano urea has increased this year while production of nano DAP will start from next year.

"22 lakh metric tonnes of urea is available in the Karnataka. Rabi Season needs 2 lakh metric tonnes of DAP, which will be produced. We have taken action in two factories,” he said.

The Union Minister added that the Monsoon season had seen the good rainfall throughout the state of Karnataka and 78.51 lakh hectares of land had been sown.

“The supply of input material needed for sowing has been adequately addressed by the state. Arrangements have been made to supply fertilizers to the districts as a share of the central government”, he stated.