India's fertilizer production for the current fiscal year is pegged at 36.87 million tonnes or mt, up by eight percent from the 34.11 million tonnes last fiscal, reports said, quoting a senior fertilizer Ministry official.
Of this, fertilizer companies will produce 18.14 mt of soil nutrients during the kharif (summer) season and the rest 18.73 mt in the rabi (winter) period of 2012-13, he said.
While urea production is estimated at the previous year's level of 22.57 mt, that of complexes and di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) has been pegged higher at 9.98 mt and 4.31 mt, respectively, this year.
Last fiscal, the production of complexes and DAP was estimated at 7.82 mt and 3.71 mt each. Domestic demand for urea is 27-28 mt and the shortage of 6-7 mt will be met through imports.
Similarly, the gap in availability of DAP and potash will be filled by imports. The country imports half of its requirement of DAP and almost entire requirement of potash.
by RTT Staff Writer
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