New Delhi: Surpassing its own previous best, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has, once again, recorded the highest-ever fertilizer sale of 59.36 lakh metric tonne (MT) during the financial year (FY 2020-21). Despite various challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has surpassed its previous best of 57.04 lakh MT, which was achieved during the FY 2019-20. This includes the sale of the company's own Urea, imported Urea and other P&K fertilizers.
"On the production front, the company produced 37.99 lakh MT of urea in its plants recording a capacity utilisation of 117.6 percent despite severe restrictions of COVID-19 and other dispatch-related challenges due to farmers' agitation in Punjab. In the plants, Panipat unit has set a new production record of urea and Bentonite Sulphur and Vijaipur Unit produced highest-ever volume of biofertilizers," the company said in a post on Facebook.
Other than fertilizers, the company registered a steep growth in the sale of seeds and agrochemicals. While the sale of seeds grew by 35 percent when compared to the CPLY at 1,85,550 quintals, the agrochemicals segment registered a growth of 95 percent over the previous year.
Even the sale of Bentonite Sulphur, produced at NFL's Panipat plant, has recorded a huge growth of 150 percent at 19,958 MT against 7,974 MT in CPLY. Also, the industrial product segment performed exceedingly well during the year.
NFL is a state-owned producer of chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers and industrial chemicals. Incorporated in 1974, NFL is India's largest Central Public Sector Enterprise in the fertilizer sector with a turnover of over Rs 75 billion. Falling under the administrative control of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, it is the second-largest producer of the key fertilizer Urea in India. NFL has five gas-based ammonia-urea plants, viz Nangal and Bathinda in Punjab, Panipat in Haryana and two at Vijaipur (Madhya Pradesh).