Tuesday 18th June 2024

Salt Trading: DAP chemical fertilizers are being imported, and urea will be available soon

Published on : 14 June, 2022 2:27 pm

Kathmandu: The Salt Trading Corporation Ltd has announced that it has began importing chemical fertilizer, despite widespread demand across the country, including voices raised in parliament, for guarantee of chemical fertilizers to farmers in the midst of the monsoon.

This year, the corporation in charge of importing chemical fertilizer reported that 17,000 metric tons of DAP (Di-ammonium Phosphate) had already arrived in the country and were being distributed from various depots. Within a week, 22,000 metric tons of urea will be imported as well.

The government has provided the Corporation permission to import up to 100,000 tons of chemical fertilizers, including 20,000 tons of DAP and 22,000 tons of urea. The final delivery of DAP also arrived at the Calcutta dry port.

Brajesh Jha, the Corporation’s department manager, stated that 17,000 metric tons of DAP were being distributed from its depots. The remaining of them will be brought as well. DAP chemical fertilizer weighs 50 kilograms per sack.

It is said the current consignment in the country would be a huge relief to the scrambling farmers.

In the world agriculture market, the chemical fertilizer produced in Indonesia is considered the best. It is learnt that Agriculture Ministry has provided the grants of more than Rs 11 billion this year.

DAP is used for increasing the productivity of soil, while urea has nitrogen to grow plants.

According to the Agriculture Ministry, a season’s worth of cultivation requires around 200 thousand tons of chemical fertilizer. Nepal uses 500 thousand metric tons of fertilizer per year. Nepal’s agriculture sector accounts for 27% of the country’s GDP.

Similarly, with cereals having important role, rice production alone accounts 7 percent of GDP. Paddy is the major staple in Nepal.

Lately, federal lawmakers also have raised their voices in support of chemical fertilizer supply.

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