Urea sales up by 9%

New Delhi, January 24: | Updated: Jan 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
The sales of urea up to December 31 was 52.57 lakh tones which had been higher by about 9 per cent as compared to 48.15 lakh tones in the corresponding period of the previous year.

However, there were no imports of urea and DAP.

Over 18.48 lakh tones of urea was dispatched to the states against the target of 18 lakh tones. The cumulative availability of urea during the current Rabi season by the end of last month had been 71.60 lakh tones including an opening stock of 19.85 lakh tones, said an official release on Thursday.

This was 65 per cent of the allocation of 110.93 lakh tones under Essential Commodities Act (ECA) for the season. The availability of urea has been satisfactory in all the states so far during the Rabi season.

During the same period, the estimated production of fertilisers was 9.91 lakh tones for Nitrogen and 3.59 lakh tones for phosphate. The overall capacity utilisation during the month was 98.9 per cent for nitrogen and 84.4 per cent for phosphate.

According to the release, during April-December 2001, the production is estimated at 81.65 lakh tones of Nitrogen and 28.78 lakh tones of phosphate.

During the current Rabi season, the availability of DAP by the end of last month had been 25.64 lakh tones compared to 28.28 lakh tones during the corresponding period of the previous year.