A look at Fertilizer Industry 

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.