There is no shortage of urea in the state: Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy

Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy has said there is no shortage of urea and farmers need not panic. He accused the Congress leaders of spreading lies confusing the farmers. The State government has kept 2.18 lakh tonnes urea available for the farmers. There are 908 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) and 16,615 authorised dealers supplying urea to the farmers.

As against the actual need of 9.14 lakh tonnes of urea for this rainy season, the state government has kept 7.78 lakh tonnes available at the village level. As of March 31, the state government has kept ready 2.18 lakh tonnes of urea and presently 2.18 lakh tonnes of urea is available. Due to the delayed monsoon, the area of sowing had come down and now as the rains are witnessed, the state government purchased 15,838 tonnes urea on Friday.

Mr Niranjan Reddy said some unruly elements created artificial scarcity in the Nalgonda district and stringent action would be taken against them. He appealed to farmers not to agitate as there were enough stocks of urea available for farmers all over the state. He asked them not to believe in rumours and false propaganda of Congress leaders.

By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao