Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar indicated that Chief Minister Ashok Chavan should crack the whip on those hoarding fertilizers to create an artificial shortage. He said that the he has done his job by allocating an adequate stock of fertilizer to the state and it is for the state to act now. While Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said that he has given sufficient stock of fertilizers to the state and the latter should now act against its hoarding, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan clarified that the government had initiated the process of acquiring fertilizers from the Centre in advance by communicating with various ministries and fertilizer companies. Farmers are currently paying almost twice the normal price for fertilizers, which are in short supply. Across the state, they have been complaining of a shortage for the last ten days. Instances of farmers standing in queues overnight to get stocks from government shops have been reported from parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada. There have also been incidents of the police lathi-charging farmers. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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