New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) The production of urea was estimated as 17 lakh tonnes during September 2007 as against the target of 17.40 lakh tonnes.
The production shortfall was because of plants' shutdown due to annual turnaround, mechanical problem in the plants and limitation of gas.
The estimated production of DAP during this month was 3.61 lakh tonnes against the revised target of 4.45 lakh tonnes. The production of DAP was restricted due to limitation of rock phosphate, phosphoric acid and maintenance jobs.
Besides these, during the month 6.08 lakh tonnes of urea, 4.82 lakh tonnes of DAP and 3.26 lakh tonnes of MOP was also imported.
On the availability front, approximately 23.71 lakh tonnes of both indigenous and imported urea was despatched to the states during September 2007. Availability of urea during the month to the tune of about 38.51 lakh tonnes is reported to be satisfactory in all the states.
The sale of urea in the current season till September 30, 2007 recorded 9.62 per cent rise at 124.58 lakh tonnes as compared to the 113.65 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of previous year.
The availability of DAP at 10.66 lakh tonnes and MOP at 5.11 lakh tonnes during this period had also been adequate to meet the demand of states, an official release here said.