New Delhi: Fertiliser demand, which is closely linked to the core production of agriculture value chain, is likely to witness 3 per cent annual growth in the next couple of years, according to a report.
The Indian agriculture industry is expected to face pressure from an increasing population base and the dire need to increase the productivity and efficiency across all stages of agriculture value chain, from preparing arable land to cultivation to storage and transport of agriculture produce, according to “Industry Wrap” by State Bank of India’s Economic Research department.
The report said fertiliser usage, which is closely linked to the core production part of agriculture value chain, would thus witness higher demand and in light of these favourable scenarios, the demand is expected to rise by an average rate of 3 per cent per annum in the next couple of years.
Indian fertiliser industry is the third largest in the world in terms of production and second largest in terms of consumption, it said. Domestic production is well below demand, forcing the country to import fertiliser to meet the demand supply gap, said the report.
During the previous fiscal, fertiliser demand in India was pegged at around 66 million tonnes with production level around 3w7 million tonnes.
In the past one decade, fertiliser production grew by a low rate of 1.63 per cent while imports grew annually by 9 per cent.PTI
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