Nearly 7 lakh tones Urea produced in 6 fertiliser factories: Amu

SANGSAD BHABAN : Six fertiliser factories under Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) have so far produced 6.93 lakh tonnes of urea till March 18 of the current fiscal year against the country’s total demand for 27 lakh tones, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu told the House yesterday, reports BSS.
“The Agriculture Ministry has fixed a demand for 27 lakh tonnes of urea fertilisers in the country during the current fiscal year. Against the demand, the six BCIC-run factories produced 6.93 lakh tonnes of urea fertilisers till March 18,” he said while replying to a scripted query from independent lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim (Dhaka-7). To meet the rest of the demand, he said, urea fertilisers were procured from the KAFCO (Bangladesh) and imported from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and China.
The industries minister informed the House that a total of 10.22 lakh tonnes of urea fertilisers were imported from July to December in 2014 at a cost of Taka 3314.85 crore.
Amu also said that the “Shahjalal Fertiliser Project” is being implemented to set up a new fertiliser factory in the country as an alternative to import. “It would help reduce the amount of urea import to save the foreign currencies,” he hoped.