Vishal Jolly demands Farmer Friendly fertilizer distribution system

Port Blair, Jan 28: Mr. Vishal Jolly, Core‐Committee Member & Former State President, BJP‐A & N Islands and Member, Home Ministry Advisory Committee written a letter to the Lt Governor, A&N Islands, regarding streamlining fertilizer distribution system to farmer friendly.

He pointed out that, the Prime Minister of India has brought three farm bills with the view to make farming profitable and hassle free thereby leading to doubling of farmers’ income in the coming years. However in the islands, the farming community has been having a tough time meeting the requirements for obtaining fertilizers from Agriculture depots. Every time farmers are asked to produce land documents which is causing lot of inconvenience to the farming community.

He mentioned that, a farmer in most cases have 4 or 5 survey numbers allocated to their land holdings such as house site, hilly land, paddy land, approach road etc. Land documents of each of these survey numbers are being asked to be produced for issuing fertilizers from agriculture depot. The problem is for taking 5 No land records a farmer has to spend Rs 300/= (@ Rs 60.00 per set X 5 Nos). Also since these documents are valid only for three months, a farmer has to obtain such documents 3-4 times in a year and spend about Rs 1200/= (@ Rs 300/= X 4 times). This is not only puts additional financial burden on the farming community, in the present system he has to visit CSC’s several times facing hardships there also due to network connectivity issues. Farmers therefore feel harassed meeting requirements of the present cumbersome system.

“It is therefore suggested that once in two years documents may be taken and each farmer be registered based on such documents and suitable card/book in line of MGNREGA job card may be given to the farmer. Or any other suitable system may kindly be evolved so that distribution of fertilizer is made farmer friendly and farmers need not to go from pillar to post to obtain land documents every now and then to obtain basic agricultural input like fertilizer etc,” Mr. Jollly added.


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