Govt to import 1.1m tonnes of non-urea fertiliser this year

Dhaka,  Wed,  23 August 2017
Published : 08 Jul 2017, 21:47:47

Govt to import 1.1m tonnes of non-urea fertiliser this year

FE Report

The government has decided to import 1.1 million tonnes of non-urea fertiliser in the current financial year to raise its use for better production, said officials.

They said cost of the fertiliser will be lesser this year as the government has introduced 'price quotation' method for the private importers to supply one of the major agricultural inputs.

The ministry of agriculture (MoA) on May 15 last sent a letter to the Bangladesh Fertiliser Association, a platform of fertiliser traders in the country and sought rates for non-urea fertiliser through a 'price quotation' for importing TSP, MOP, DAP and MOP powder, a senior official at the ministry said.

The work order for fertiliser import was given on June 5 while June 21 was fixed for opening L/Cs, he said.

He said a total of 0.45 million tonnes of DAP, 0.275 million tonnes of TSP, 0.35 million tonnes of MOP and 20,000 tonnes of MOP powder will be imported.

One hundred two companies submitted their price quotations of which 41 bidders were selected for supplying the fertiliser.

Ten bidders were chosen to deliver the DAP (Diammonium Phosphate) fertiliser at US $ 349 a tonne (until reaching Chittagong Port).

However, 16 companies were chosen to supply Triple Superphosphate (TSP) at $ 355 a tonne, 12 bidders selected for delivering Muriate of Potash (MOP) at $ 254 while 3 companies will provide MOP powder at $350 (Chittagong Port) a tonne, said the official.    

Agriculture secretary Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah said they are importing fertiliser following the global price range.

"Introducing the price quotation, the government is getting benefit as costs for non-urea will be lesser compared to those of last year," he said.

However, global commodity web portal indexmundi showed DAP prices hovering between $ 318 and $ 355 a tonne for the last three months.

Sheikh Badiul Alam, agricultural economist with the MoA, said the government is encouraging farmers to use balanced fertiliser instead of only urea for better production.

He said the extension offices are working to educate farmers on appropriate usage of urea and non-urea.

Use of non-urea increased to 1.5 million to 1.6 million tonnes recently which was less than 1.0 million tonnes a few years back, he said.

He said there will be no shortage of fertiliser in the current Aman and next Boro season as the government has also targeted to bring 2.1 million tonnes of urea this fiscal year.

The country has an annual demand for 4.5 million tonnes of fertiliser now.
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