Under DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) scheme, the governmentis now going to provide seeds and tools to farmers to buy chemical fertilizers. So far, farmers get subsidized fertilizer but now subsidy will be sent directly to farmers account. Farmers and companies will have to buy fertilizer at full rate instead of the grant funds will send directly to the account of the farmers. According to the district agriculture officer Vinay Singh it will be implemented in the next financial year, right now the process of implementation is the ongoing exercise.
Five lakh farmers in the district are involved in farming business. Every year, kharif, rabi crops and Zayed needs around 25 thousand MT of DAP, urea and about half a million metric tons to 75 thousand MT of NPK fertilizer is used per year.
Also nearly 30 thousand metric tons of potash and other fertilizers are consumed. Currently most farmers rely on organic fertilizers and compost fertilizer due to shortage. Farmers have to produce more crops under such different lives and under the demand for chemical fertilizers.
Agricultural expert Dr. Upendra Nath Singh said that farmers should give more emphasis on compost organic fertilizers for soil conservation . This will prevent black marketing of fertilizers . There is often a shortage of black marketing of fertilizers and manure to the farmers that they do not get the time.
District agriculture officer Vinay also signed DBT implementation from April manure for sale. DBT is applied on the total price to farmers purchase fertilizer. Grant money will be sent to the account of the company rather than farmers.