Karnataka CM urges PM to release 1.25 lakh tonnes fertilizers

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Bangalore, Jun 4 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to use his good offices for release of 1.25 lakh tonnes of DAP and 1.1 lakh tonnes of complexes fertilizers to meet the raising demand by the farmers in the State.

Recalling his meeting with Dr Singh during his maiden visit to New Delhi after becoming Chief Minister, Mr Yeddyurappa said, ''As mentioned during the discussion, the state was facing severe problem of fertilisers and the sState Government has taken up the issue with Union Ministry.'' ''The problem really seems to be that at the beginning of the Kharif season in the state, none of the suppliers of fertilisers had any significant stocks. Meanwhile, as a result of unseasonal but widespread rains in March and April, preparatory activities for Kharif began much earlier this year than usual. The recent rains in the state have given further impetus for earlier sowing. As a result, the demand for fertilisers has suddenly shot up'', he added.

In a letter to Dr Singh, copy of which was released to the press here, Mr Yeddyurappa said the Union Department of fertiliser has been kept informed of this development and the state was assured 1.25 lakh tonnes of DAP and 1.1 lakh tonnes of Complex fertilisers in June. '' UNI MSP MV SK UCS2204

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