Scarce fertiliser being smuggled into Nepal: Official reports

IBN News (September 27, 2011) | The minister on the other hand accused the Centre of showing a ‘step-motherly’ attitude towards Bihar over allotment of Urea for the kharif season and warned of vehement opposition against the alleged treatment. Singh said it was decided at talks between the state and the Centre that the latter would allot 7.25 lakh metric tonnes urea between April and August this year. ”Unfortunately, the state government has so far received 5.65 lakh metric tonnes which is 22 per cent less than the figure agreed to,” he said. When there was not much requirement of urea during the beginning of Kharif season in April, the Centre supplied 2.03 lakh metric tonnes, he said and alleged that the Centre made available 1.27 lakh metric tonnes against the requirement of 2.10 in the month of August. Against the allocation of imported urea for Bihar between April and August at 1.40 lakh metric tonne, the Centre supplied 20,454 metric tonne while states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and West Bengal received urea more than the actual allotment during the period, he claimed.