Availability of urea fertilizer to farmers is core priority of government: khusro

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar on Friday stated that well-timed availability of urea fertilizer to farmers is a core priority of the incumbent government.

The Minister urged representatives of the fertilizer industry to enhance the urea output to meet the farmer’s appetite for fertilizers in the rabbi sowing season, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Industries and Production here. Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar chaired the fertilizer review meeting.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the fertilizer industry, officials of the Petroleum Division, Finance Division, and Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

The meeting discussed the urea supply and demand position for rabbi crops and the availability of gas to fertilizer plants as feedstock in the coming winter season.

The chair was informed that ECC had already approved the operation of SNGPL based fertilizer plants to meet the estimated domestic demand of urea 3.2 MMT for rabbi season 2021-22.

Meanwhile, the minister said that the government is closely monitoring the production and distribution of fertilizers to ensure soil nutrients are made available to farmers during the upcoming rabbi season at affordable prices.

Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar also directed the concerned division to address operational constraints for an uninterrupted supply of gas to achieve required urea and other fertilizer domestic production to ensure availability of fertilizer for farmers across the country.

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