Short in supply, urea for sale in black market

Persisting shortage of urea in the tribal areas has led to black marketing of the available supply through illegal channels. Farmers in Kwant and Naswadi areas have alleged that the situation is grim even after they have lodged complaints with the taluka officials last month.

In July, the farmers had raised concerns over the delayed supply of urea to the various tribal talukas. However, after a month they claimed that short supply has led to black marketing in the markets.

"The prices are decided beforehand between the dealers and the buyers. Farmers are unable to buy urea due to high prices. This has further delayed all other processes and will definitely affect the yield," said Mukesh Bhil, a farmer in Naswadi. "The situation has been the same over the past two months. The farmers are now trying to grab any quantity of urea available in the market. Urea supply is needed at three consecutive intervals and we are expecting similar scenario in the coming days," said Ramesh Rathwa, a Kwant-based farmer.

Farmers reported that even after lodging complaints with taluka officials, no action has been taken to curb the illegal practice.

"We have got many complaints regarding black marketing of urea in the area. According to the farmers, one sack of urea, which is usually for Rs 278, is being sold for Rs 350. Recently, the mamlatadar met the local traders and asked them to stop the illegal sale. But the scenario is same as before," said Udaysinh Vasava, Taluka Development Officer, Naswadi.

Vadodara District Collector Vijay Nehra said: "We have not been informed about the black marketing but we will look into the matter to check on any irregularities in the area."

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