The micro-fertilizer sector is urging the government. not controlling micronutrient prices

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The bill empowers the government to set the maximum selling price of fertilizers and control their quality, distribution

The bill empowers the government to set the maximum selling price of fertilizers and control their quality, distribution

The association of micro-fertilizer manufacturers IMMA on Saturday welcomed the draft law on plant nutrition management to regulate the sector, but also urged the government not to introduce a mechanism to control the prices of micronutrients and specialty products.

The Indian Micro-Fertilizer Manufacturers Association (IMMA) said in a statement that it welcomes the Integrated Plant Nutrition Management (IPNM) Bill 2022 which seeks to regulate the micro-fertilizer sector. .

IMMA said the aim of the proposed bill should be to promote the ease of doing business.

However, he also urged the government to “control the prices of only the nutrients for which a subsidy is provided and not to control the rates of micronutrients and specialist fertilisers”.

In February, the Ministry of Fertilizers presented the bill and solicited comments from all stakeholders.

The proposed law empowers the government to set the maximum selling price of fertilizers and to control their quality and distribution.

The bill seeks to establish an “Integrated Plant Nutrition Management Authority of India”.

On Friday, IMMA organized the third edition of the National Crop Nutrition Summit attended by all stakeholders including government, industry bodies, agri-input companies, farmers and input dealers agricultural.

“While this decision is welcome, the industry must engage in a constructive dialogue on this step change in policy and put checks and balances in place to ensure that farmers receive quality agricultural inputs and accurately understand the benefits. agro-economics of new-age fertilizer use,” said Rahul Mirchandani, IMMA President.

RK Tewatia, Director – Agricultural Sciences, Fertilizer Association of India, said, “There is a need to have different chapters in the IPNM Bill 2022 for subsidized and non-subsidized fertilizers.

Provisions to make it easier to do business are key to supporting the industry, he added.

Vice President Sameer Pathare said IMMA has three main areas of work: policy advocacy to government, knowledge and skills, and training of staff and stakeholders across India.

Participants also suggested that standards for labeling claims for new, innovative fertilizers be developed with a technical committee made up of representatives from micronutrient and specialty fertilizer manufacturers.

IMMA was formed in 1983 to represent the interests of micronutrient manufacturers across the country.

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