Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya today reviewed the initiatives of Department of Fertilizers for Making India self-reliant in fertilisers.
Mandaviya said that with the commencement of Ramagundam plant, added 12.7 LMTPA indigenous urea production in the country had been added and this would help realise the vision of the Prime Minister to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) in urea production. The project shall not only improve the availability of fertiliser to farmers but also give a boost to the economy in the region including development of infrastructure like roads, railways and ancillary industry besides ensuring food security to the nation.
The minister also informed that Government was planning to liberalise Market Development Assistance (MDA) policy to promote the use of alternative fertilisers. MDA policy was earlier limited to city compost only. There were demands to expand this policy by incorporating organic waste like biogas, green manure, organic compost of rural areas, solid and liquid slurry. This expansion would fully complement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of the Government of India.
The minister was apprised that the Matix Fertilisers Plant in Durgapur having capacity of 12.7 lakh metric tonne will commence soon.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhagwanth Khuba was also present. Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, RK Chaturvedi and senior officials of the ministry attended the meeting.