India has obtained fertiliser shipments of three.60 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) from Russia for the reason that begin of the Ukraine battle on February 24, Fertiliser Secretary Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi mentioned Tuesday.
His assertion comes at a time when issues have been expressed in sure quarters concerning a potential scarcity of fertilisers within the nation within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Nonetheless, Chaturvedi mentioned that towards the fertiliser requirement of 354.34 LMT for the upcoming kharif season, the whole availability is “anticipated” to be larger — 485.59 LMT — and the nation is unlikely to face a fertiliser availability “downside” this season.
Addressing the Nationwide Convention on Agriculture: Kharif Marketing campaign 2022, Chaturvedi mentioned fertiliser shipments have been obtained earlier than and after the “present geo-political state of affairs”.
“24 February ko battle begin hone ke baad, 3.60 lakh metric tonnes DAP/NPK hum Russia se laaye hain. Yeh hame prapt hua hai ya transit mei hai (For the reason that begin of the battle on February 24, we have now introduced 3.6 lakh metric tonnes of DAP/NPK from Russia. It has been obtained or is in transit).”
“In December final 12 months, we entered right into a C2C (company to company) provide association with Russian corporations for two.5 LMT DAP/NPK yearly for 3 years. Woh usko honour kar rahe hain aur usme se hum ko provide lagatar prapt ho rahi hai (They’re honouring that and we have now been receiving provide constantly),” he mentioned.
In accordance with Chaturvedi, Russia had assured extra portions of DAP (4LMT), MOP (10 LMT) and NPK (8 LMT). He mentioned a cost mechanism is being advanced for import of fertilisers from Russia — within the wake of sanctions imposed on it.
Chaturvedi mentioned the Division of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare assessed the requirement of fertilisers at 354.34 LMT for the kharif season, of which 35 per cent or 125.5 LMT might be met from the opening inventory, whereas the remaining from the “anticipated” manufacturing (254.79 LMT) and “anticipated” imports (104.72 LMT). So, the anticipated whole fertiliser availability might be 485.59 LMT throughout the kharif season, larger than the requirement, he mentioned.
“Kharif me hame koi dikkat aane ki sambhavna nahin hai (We’re unlikely to face any downside throughout the kharif season),” he mentioned.
He requested states to make sure micro planning of fertiliser motion to make sure clean provide to farmers. He additionally referred to as for strict motion towards diversion, hoarding and black advertising of fertilisers. He requested states to advertise various fertilisers like NPK and nano urea.
Chaturvedi mentioned extra provide of fertilisers has been secured from various sources like Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Underneath a short-term settlement, 25 LMT of DAP/NPK has been secured by Indian PSUs and firms from Saudi Arabia for 2022-23, he mentioned, including that offer has began and the nation is receiving 30,000 MT of DAP each month.
On the disruption in fertiliser provide, Chaturvedi mentioned since Morocco procures ammonia from Russia for DAP manufacturing, provide of DAP from Morocco is affected due to the “present geo-political situation”.
He mentioned India is engaged with Iran to determine pricing, logistics and a cost mechanism for import of fertilisers. They’ve agreed on the availability of 15 LMT urea yearly below a long-term association for 3 years.
On the difficulty of provide of potash (okay), Chaturvedi mentioned provide from Belarus (adjoining Ukraine) has been affected and India has secured a provide of 12 LMT potash from Canada. In addition to, a further 8.75 LMT of potash, he mentioned, has been secured from various sources — Israel and Jordan on March 21. India relies on imports to satisfy its requirement of potash that’s used for manufacturing fertilisers.