Like every year, Nepali farmers this year faced an acute shortage of chemical fertilizers during the paddy plantation period. Due to the shortage of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea, farmers were unable to reap the benefits of the timely monsoon. Salt Trading Corporation and Agriculture Inputs Company Limited (AICL) are the chief importers of fertilizers in Nepal. But the state-owned enterprises have time and again failed to supply fertilizers on time. With the short supply of fertilizers affecting plantation every year, the government’s plans to establish a fertilizer production plant in the country is afoot. Continue reading..