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Fertiliser Shortage Heaps Pressure on India: FT

Desperate farmers in the centre and north of the country have thronged subsidised state-run shops and clashed with police

A farmer sprinkles urea, a chemical fertiliser to a crop of finger millet on the outskirts of Bangalore. Photo: AFP


An acute shortage of fertilisers in rural India threatens to disrupt the winter planting season, stoking unrest among the country’s politically important farmers ahead of a series of crucial state elections next year, the Financial Times reported.

Desperate farmers in central and north India have thronged state-run shops selling subsidised fertilisers and clashed with police. In some states, officers have taken to distributing bags of fertilisers at police stations to keep law and order.

Farmers, frustrated at having to sit in snaking queues for days, have held sit-in protests to demand delivery of the fertilisers. They contain basic nutrients such as diammonium phosphate, crucial to growing wheat, mustard and other crops.

Read the full report: Financial Times




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George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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