POST TIME: 25 November, 2015 00:00 00 AM
Space shortage hinders fertiliser storage
Staff Reporter, Barisal

Space shortage hinders fertiliser storage

Unavailability of space in warehouses is creating serious problems in storing fertilisers, including urea, in Barisal affecting smooth supply of the agricultural input to the farmers. Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and Chemical Industries Corporation sources said BADC has three buffer stock godowns for stocking fertilisers and seeds in Barisal-- one with capacity of storing 3,000 tonnes of fetiliser and the other two 2,000 tonnes. In one, BADC stores 2,000 tonnes of non-urea fertiliser, one with 2,000 tonnes seed storage facility is leased to a private firm where has been kept construction materials and the rest one with 3,000 tonnes storage capacity at KDEC Ghat of the city on the bank of the Kirtankhola river is leased to BCIC for storing urea fertiliser.
Abdur Rahsid Khandakar, in-charge of BCIC Barisal, and Subrata Deuri, assistant director and in-charge of BADC Barisal offices, acknowledging the facts said Barisal region has demand of 46,000 tonnes of non-urea and 50,000 tonnes of urea fertiliser in the peak season from November to January every year.
At present, more than 3,000 tonnes of urea fertilizer is stored in the godown leased to BADC and about 900 tonnes of TSP (Triple Superphosphate) , 450 tonnes of MOP (Muriate of Potash) and 650 tonnes of DAP (Diammonium phosphate) fertilisers here.
On other hand, at least seven cargos loaded with fertilisers will arrive here very soon. Sources at both offices said that a total of 370 dealers unload their fertilisers from here all the year round. Abdur Rahsid Khadakar, in-charge of BCIC, Barisal, said they have no godawn in Barisal region but have to supply at least 50,000 tonnes of fertilisers. They are continuing activities amid severe crisis even after leasing a 3000 tonnes capacity godown from BADC.
They managed to store 6,000 tonnes of  fertiliser in the 3000 tonne capacity godown but they are bound to store over 3,000 tonnes of fertiliser in the courtyard under open sky from November to January every year having no other alternative.
A number of cargos are in wait here for a week after failing to unload fertilisers. BADC authorities said that they have three godowns in the city but one is leased to BCIC and another one ranted to a private sector. They have one 200 tonne capacity godown in Bakerganj, one of the same capacity in Nalchity and one of 300 tonne capacity in Barguna.
Subrata Deuri, assistant director and in- charge of BADC Barisal office, said they leased the seed godown to Messer’s Khan Sons for storing construction materials in 1996 for yearly lease-money of Tk24,000 and the contract was renewed  in 2002 increasing the lease money to Tk.49,000.
However, the contract with Khan Sons expired on June 2008 and BADC issued notices on January 1, 2009 and July 15, 2009 to vacate and hand over the godown. Majibor Rahman, managing director of Khan Sons, said they received injunction and statuesque order from the High Court against the BADC order for denying renewal of lease contract.
BADC and BCIC officials said facilities for fertiliser storage are usually decided by the higher authorities in the inter-ministerial meetings and they several times applied for allotting godowns for fertiliser storage during peak season. Both the BADC and BCIC officials said they were trying to vacate the injunction and statuesque order of the court and use the godown for urea fertilizer storage. Dealers said that more than one lakh tonnes   of fertiliser, including urea, TSP , MOP and DAP, had been delivered to 370 dealers of from here during the season. If the fertiliser-laden sacks get in touch with water due to raining or soaking inside packets stored under the open sky, there will occur severe quality damage and monetary loss that will seriously harm the farmers. Farmers claimed that a temperature capacity need for stored the fertilizers always but here that system may be hampered. Officials of BCIC, however, claimed that they strictly maintain the quality of the fertilisers while those are stored even under the open sky. Romen Baroi, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension,  Barisal and member secretary of District Fertilizer Monitoring Cell, said that they already ordered the authorities concerned to control the quality of fertilisers during storage.