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Haryana’s ban on fodder transportation

Date: 27 April 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Inter-district and inter-state transportation of wheat fodder has been banned by the authorities in Haryana.

 

Background

This move was made in order to cater to local demands primarily. However, there has been criticism against the move.

 

Details

  • The bans have been imposed on fodder transportation in two forms: inter-district transport and inter-state transport.

  • Districts such as Sirsa and Fatehabad have stopped inter-district sale of dry fodder made of straw of wheat, paddy, mustard and gaur, even for industries like brick kiln and cardboard.

  • Districts such as Ambala and Yamunanagar, have banned the transportation of fodder out of the state.

 

Reasons for restrictions

  • There may be shortage of fodder for animals in the district if it is allowed to transport out to other districts.

  • In absence of rains, the situation is expected to worsen and availability of fodder may take a hit. There is also need of fodder for drought-hit area.

 

Response of government

The government claims that the ban is temporary and the ban on inter-state transport will be removed once the state’s requirements are fulfilled.

 

Reasons for shortage

  • Many farmers are opting for mustard crop in place of wheat in southern Haryana. Production of wheat has declined due to early summer.

  • Due to high temperatures and delay in monsoons, there is expected to be shortage of fodder for animals.

  • The fertilizer DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) was in short supply this season, which resulted in decline in wheat crop.

 

Fertilizer shortages

  • The fertilizer shortage issue in Haryana had caused stone pelting on policemen, road blockages and even “loot” of the fertilizer.

  • The government was forced to distribute fertilizers through police stations in some parts of south Haryana.

  • Expecting wheat prices to increase due to global shortages as a result of Ukraine war, the government authorities want to meet local needs of fodder before allowing the same for other states.

 

Response of farmers

  • Majority of farmers are upset about inter-district ban of fodder against the inter-state transport of the same.

  • Farmers say that many producers are forced to sell their produce for a cheaper price in local market when the prices in other places are higher.

  • Some people from areas with shortage are upset that government has banned transport of fodder. They had hoped that supply would have given some relief.