Russians honor fertilizer supply deal, says government

India has received 3.60 lakh metric tons (LMT) of fertilizer shipments from Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Fertilizer Secretary Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi said on Tuesday.

His statement comes at a time when concerns have been raised in some quarters about a possible shortage of fertilizers in the country following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Chaturvedi said that compared to the fertilizer requirement of 354.34 LMT for the next kharif season, the total availability is “expected” to be higher – 485.59 LMT – and the country is unlikely to face to a “problem” of fertilizer availability this season.

Addressing the National Agriculture Conference: Kharif Campaign 2022, Chaturvedi said fertilizer deliveries were received before and after the “current geopolitical situation”.

“24 February ko war start hone ke baad, 3.60 lakh metric tons DAP/NPK hum Russia se laaye hain. Yeh hame prapt hua hai ya transit mei hai (Since the start of the war on February 24, we have brought in 3.6 lakh metric tons of DAP/NPK from Russia. It has been received or is in transit).

“In December last year, we entered into a C2C (business to business) supply agreement with Russian companies for 2.5 LMT DAP/NPK every year for 3 years. Woh usko honor kar rahe hain aur usme se hum ko supply lagatar prapt ho rahi hai (they honor that and we get supplies continuously),” he said.

According to Chaturvedi, Russia had assured additional quantities of DAP (4LMT), MOP (10 LMT) and NPK (8 LMT). He said a payment mechanism is being worked out for importing fertilizer from Russia – following the sanctions imposed on it.

Chaturvedi said the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has assessed the fertilizer requirement at 354.34 LMT for the kharif season, of which 35% or 125.5 LMT will be met from the opening stock. , while the rest of the “expected” production (254.79 LMT) and the “expected” imports (104.72 LMT). Thus, the projected total availability of fertilizer will be 485.59 LMT during the kharif season, which is above the requirement, he said.

“Kharif me hame koi dikkat aane ki sambhavna nahin hai (we are unlikely to encounter any problems during the kharif season),” he said.

He called on states to provide micro-planning for the movement of fertilizers to ensure a steady supply to farmers. He also called for strict action against the diversion, hoarding and black market of fertilizers. He called on states to promote alternative fertilizers like NPK and nanourea.

Chaturvedi said additional supply of fertilizer has been secured from alternative sources like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Under a short-term deal, 25 LMTs of DAP/NPK have been secured by PSUs from India and companies from Saudi Arabia for 2022-23, he said, adding that procurement has started. and that the country receives 30,000 MT of DAP each month.

Regarding the disruption in fertilizer supply, Chaturvedi said that since Morocco buys ammonia from Russia for the manufacture of DAP, Morocco’s DAP supply is affected due to the “current geopolitical scenario”.

He said India was engaged with Iran to decide on prices, logistics and a payment mechanism for importing fertilizer. They agreed to supply 15 LMT ureas each year under a 3-year long-term agreement.

On the issue of potash (k) supply, Chaturvedi said supply from Belarus (next to Ukraine) has been affected and India has secured a 12 LMT supply of potash from Canada . In addition, an additional 8.75 LMT of potash, he said, was obtained from alternative sources – Israel and Jordan on March 21. India depends on imports to meet its potash needs for the manufacture of fertilizers.

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