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India To Import 2.75 LMT Fertilizer From Jordan

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By: Joymala Bagchi
Updated: May 17, 2022 22:40
Union minister of fertilizers Dr Mansukh Mandaviya
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NEW DELHI: Amid a global fertilizer crisis, India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jordan for the import of 2.75 lakh metric tons (LMT) of Muriate of Potash (MoP) fertilizer for the next five years.
The import quantity will uniformly increase every year up to 3.25 LMT annually, Union minister of fertilizers Dr Mansukh Mandaviya told the media after returning from Jordan.

“We have taken proactive steps to ensure adequate supply to the farmers ahead of the Kharif season both with ramping up domestic production and partnerships with other countries. These supplies will be crucial for assured fertilizer supply for the ensuing cropping seasons in India,” the minister said.

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During his visit between May 13 and May 15, the two countries signed MoUs for the supply of 30 LMT rock phosphate, 2.50 LMT DAP (Di-ammonium Phosphate), and one LMT phosphoric acid for the current year.

Dr Mandaviya asserted that there was no shortage of fertilizers in India even as many countries are struggling to fulfil domestic demands amid a global fertilizer crisis triggered by the war between Russia and Ukraine.

During their meetings in Jordan, Dr Mandaviya mentioned Jordan as India’s preferred partner for the fertilizer sector and highlighted the need to strengthen the bilateral association, especially during these challenging times for the fertilizer sector.

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With an aim to secure additional quantities for Indian farmers, the Central government had requested Jordan to take the lead in announcing India-specific terms for the supply of fertilizers and to consider additional production capacities in Jordan with India as a target prime market.

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