Shillong: The government of Meghalaya decided on Thursday to lift the restriction on the use of fertilizers after seeing a 50% drop in production.
Speaking to the media, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the East Khasi Hills Farmers Association met with him to brief him on their challenges.
“Before the farmers came to meet with us at the Department of Agriculture on August 9, they had issued a notice of lifting the restriction,” Tynsong said.
The restriction of fertilizer supply started in 2014, when the then government targeted organic farming.
The farmers also urged the government to provide a subsidy as was done before the restriction came into force in 2014. The government accepted this and decided to provide 50% on fertilizers.
“The agriculture department did a census and found that without the use of fertilizer, production had dropped by 50%,” Tynsong said.
The government of Meghalaya will take up this issue with the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers for procurement.
He also said that while the government decided to lift the ban, it urged farmers to find ways not to rely solely on fertilizers.
“We won’t be encouraging them to use chemicals or fertilizers, but right now we’re just trying to get them out of the challenges they’re facing,” Tynsong said.
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