Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Chemical fertilizers procured from Bangladesh arrives

Nepal received the first consignment of the chemical fertilizer imported from Bangladesh on government-to-government (G2G) basis, though it has been too late for this year's planting season as the harvesting season has already started.

According to the Agriculture Inputs Company (AIC), some 2,500 tonnes -- of the total 50,000 tonnes of chemical fertilizers that the government of two countries reached a deal -- has arrived in Nepal today. The imported fertilizers will be kept at the depots of the company in Biratnagar, Birgunj and Bhairahawa, The AIC informed, adding that the company has now 40,000 tonnes of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP), some 7,000 tonnes of Potash and 10,000 tonnes of urea in stock.

During December planting season, every year the farmers face the shortage of chemical fertilizer, which has forced the government this year to procure fertilizer from Bangladesh on G2G basis. Earlier, Nepal used to procure the fertilizer from India on G2G basis, but the fertilizer arrives always late due to government apathy.

The government signed an agreement with Bangladesh to purchase 50,000 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer in December to maintain fertilizer supply mainly during the paddy plantation season as the farmers, as always, faced severe shortage. 

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