Engineering Post Report
Fertilizer is an important and costly input responsible for 30 to 50 per cent increase in the crop productivity. The overall objective was to ensure sustainability and growth in the agricultural sector that it keeps matching the growing population of the country for food security and the promotion of economic growth
There are nine urea manufacturing plants. One Diammonium Phosphate (DAP),three Nitrophosphate ( NP) four Single Super Phosphate (SSP), two Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN),one Sulphate of Potash (SOP) and two plants of blended Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPKs) having a total production capacity of 9172 thousand tonnes per annum..
Total fertilizer production according to now available information during July-March FY2022 was 6833 thousand tonnes which was 2.9 per cent more as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. This increase in fertilizer has been attributed to supply of gas to Fauji Fertilizer, Bin Qasim Limited (FEBL) Plant during the winter season.
Urea is the main fertilizer having 70 per cent share in the total production. Installed production capacity of 6307 thousand tonnes per annum was considered enough to meet local demand subject to the availability of uninterrupted gas and RLNG supply.
Nutrient off take during the period under report remain 3826 thousand tonns which was 3.6 per cent less than the corresponding period of the previous yer.
Nitrogen and Phosphate off take were 28611 and 901 tonnes respectively whereas Potash off take was 63 tonnes. Off take of Nitrogen during the current fiscal year increased slightly by 0.02 per cent while off take of Phosphate had decreased by 14.3 per cent as compared to the corresponding time frame of the last year
Urea and DAP off take remained 5076 thousand tonnes and 1534 thousand tonnes respectively.. Urea off take increased by 6.5 per cent while DAP off take decreased by 18.6 per cent as compared to the same period of the previous year.
Needless to mention here that in order to meet the gap in the local production of fertilizers, require quantities of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash are imported to meet the demand of the agriculture sector of the country.