Farmers had to buy seeds and fertilizers at higher prices at the beginning of the current Amon season. According to the government, the price of TSP fertilizer is 1 thousand 100, urea 800, DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) 800 and MOP (murate of potash) 750 per sack (50 kg). However, these fertilizers have been sold at a higher rate than the fixed price. In this situation, the government fixed the price of urea fertilizer at 1 thousand 100 rupees from August 1. But the farmers have to buy all other fertilizers including urea at a higher price than the government fixed price.
Govind Barman (56), a farmer of Lalapur village in Baliadangi upazila, pointed his finger at the land and said, ‘One day of watering takes two and a half liters of diesel. The upcoming 200 Tk diesel Nagito. And Ella is 285 rupees. Earlier, 500 rupees were paid to cultivate one bigha of land with a tractor. After the increase in the price of oil, it has reached 800 taka.
Ashok Roy (51) was listening to Govinda Barman standing next to him. He said, ‘It is useless to lie, Hamak buys fertilizer at a higher price than the government price. If you calculate that, the cost will increase even more. I did not have the courage to do agriculture after spending so much.’