Will make India self-reliant in urea, revive sick units: Ananth

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 29 2014, 10:43am hrs
The new government is all set to make the country self-reliant on fertilisers. Ananth Kumar, who took charge as the new chemicals and fertiliser minister on Wednesday, said the government will take all necessary measures to revive the sick urea manufacturing plants to make the country self-dependent on the widely used soil nutrient.

Assuring farmers that there will be no shortage of urea in the coming kharif season, Ananth Kumar said, "I want to assure farmers across the country that there will be no shortage of urea for kharif sowing and they will be provided urea at appropriate time. We will discuss this matter with the agriculture ministry and state governments."

The ministry is preparing a blueprint for the revival of all the closed urea units across the country. At present about eight units of state-owned Fertiliser Corporation of India (FCIL) and Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation (HFCL) have shut down.

"Our PM's vision is that India should be self-dependent on urea and the country become self-reliant whatever policy is required for that we will come up with that policy," Kumar said. India's produces around 22 million tonnes of urea while the annual domestic demand is about 30 million tonnes. Kumar emphasized that the government would make necessary reforms in the fertiliser sector. "We are also working on three petrochemicals hub in Assam, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.