Good news for AP: Rock phosphate available at six locations, including Cuddapah basin
Dept of Fertilizers prepares action plan to make India Aatmanirbhar in Rock Phosphate
Department of Fertilisers is ready with an action plan to make India Aatmanirbhar in Rock Phosphate, the key raw material of DAP and NPK fertlizers.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya held a meeting yesterday with officials and stakeholders of Fertilizer industries to improve the availability of phosphatic fertilizers and to reduce the dependence on imports.
Rock Phosphate is the key raw material for DAP and NPK fertilizers and India is 90 per cent dependent on imports. Volatility in international prices affects domestic prices of fertilizers and hinders the progress and development of agriculture sector in the country.
In view of this, the Minister had a meeting with stakeholders to expedite the exploration and mining of available rock phosphate reserves in India.
He directed to commercially exploit and ramp up the production in the existing 30 lakh MT of Phosphorite deposits which are available in Rajasthan, central part of peninsular India, Hirapur, Lalitpur, Mussoorie syncline and Cuddapah basin.
Discussion and planning with Department of Mining and Geological Survey of India is going on to expedite the exploration in the potential potassic ore resources in different parts of the country.