Timely and adequate availability of inputs is vital for enhancing crop productivity. Strict vigil was maintained on the supply of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides to the farmers in the state. These inputs were supplied under various schemes. The progress is given as under:- (A) CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS AND COMPOSTS i) Consumption of Fertilizers Balanced and judicious use of fertilizers is essential for increasing the agricultural production. As a result of extensive training and promotion programmes launched by the Department of Agriculture, consumption of fertilizers in the State has increased many folds over the year and now the per unit area consumption in the State is highest in the country. The consumption of fertilizers in the State from 2005-06 to 2009-10 is given as under:-
CONSUMPTION (NUTRIENT IN 000 TONNES)
Year
N
P
K
Total
2005-06
1255
369
63
1687
2006-07
1299
354
39
1692
2007-08
1316
344
38
1698
2008-09
1332
379
57
1768
2009-10
1358
433
74
1865

However, to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, organic farming and bio- fertilizers are being encouraged in the state.