The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has created a havoc and crisis among the people. In such a crisis, farmers have found themselves in more trouble as the Centre has increased the rates of chemical fertilizers. Opposition groups called for a boycott of the assembly. Also, the state’s agriculture minister Dada Bhuse had demanded in a letter to the Center that the price of fertilizers should be reduced. It is doubtful whether the government has decided to recover the money from the Kisan Samman Nidhi with interest by raising the prices of fertilizers.
Rohit Pawar said that agriculture was the only sector in the Covid era when unemployment was on the rise due to which it has become the basis of people’s survival. In such a scenario, the government should not remove this basis by raising the prices of fertilizers and reduce these increased prices immediately, he requested. The central government has increased the price of chemical fertilizers by Rs 700 to Rs 800. Oppositions are criticizing the Center for increasing the prices of fertilizers at a time when petrol prices are in the hundreds.
In the meantime, there was a demand for a reduction in the price of chemical fertilizers. Due to COVID-19, the farming activities are going on but the farmers are in trouble as the markets are closed. The increase in the price of chemical fertilizers is unaffordable to the farmers. The prices of many fertilizers have hiked a lot. Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse had requested that the hike should be withdrawn immediately in view of the current situation. Also, the sharp rise in petrol prices has hit all Indians hard. But now the central government has committed the sin of raising fertilizer prices further. The central government is trying to break the backbone of the farmers by placing the burden of price hike on the farmers affected by the Covid, Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil said.