A high-level delegation led by Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya visited Jordan from 13 to 15 May 2022 with the objective of securing fertilisers and raw materials, both for the short and long term, informed the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers.
According to the ministry, this strategically important visit came in the backdrop of the ongoing global fertiliser crisis.
The central government is a pro-poor and pro-farmer Government and is committed to providing an assured supply of fertilisers to the farmers. There is no shortage of fertilisers in the country, said Mandaviya.
"We have taken proactive steps to ensure adequate supply to the farmers ahead of the Kharif season both with ramping up domestic production and partnerships with other countries," he added.
Mandaviya stated that the Jordan visit proved to be path-breaking in terms of ensuring the supply of Phosphatic and Potassic fertilisers to India.
MOUs were signed with Jordan Phosphate Mining Company (JPMC) for supplies of 30 LMT Rock Phosphate, 2.50 LMT DAP and 1 LMT phosphoric acid for the current year with the Indian public, cooperative and private sector companies.
India has also signed a long term MOU for 5 years with Jordan for annual supplies of 2.75 LMT which will uniformly increase every year up to 3.25 LMT, he added.
“These supplies will be crucial for assured fertiliser supply for the ensuing cropping seasons in India”, the Union Minister highlighted.
During the meetings, Mandaviya mentioned Jordan as India’s preferred partner for the fertiliser sector. Given that the two countries have a long history of trade relationships and people to people contact, he highlighted the need to strengthen this association especially during these challenging times for the sector.
Jordan is allocating almost 25 per cent of their production of MOP to India. While appreciating efforts by Arab Potash, Mandaviya stressed the need to increase the supplies of MOP to India at reasonable rates. Jordan highlighted their keenness for further investments in Jordan, especially by Indian companies, it said.