LAHORE: The government plans to import one hundred,000 ton urea at an envisioned fee of $30 million notwithstanding an excess home production capability of one.2 million ton, in line with the fertilizer industry resources.

talking to this reporter on Thursday, a senior govt of a urea manufacturing corporation, who asked anonymity, known as the authorities plans to import the fertilizer a ‘bad financial choice’, announcing there has been no want for import because the domestic enterprise changed into operating at a good deal beneath its hooked up manufacturing capability of seven million ton.

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He stated the urea import would not best motive outflow of treasured forex at a time whilst the country had recorded big current account deficit above six consistent with cent of GDP but additionally convey pressure at the authorities’s budget because it will ought to endure a subsidy burden of Rs1.7 billion or Rs877 consistent with bag at the imported fertilizer.

“The plan represents a traditional case of out of place priorities of the government dealing with large outside and economic imbalances. This expenditure of Rs6.2 billion (including the price of import and subsidy) can be avoided by using reversing the decision in view of the excess domestic manufacturing potential,” the nameless executive said.

The organizations have invested closely in urea manufacturing capacity within the final 10 years to cease the country’s reliance on imports, which has ensured sustainable and steady supply of urea to farmers and stabilized its home prices. “This selection will create a terrible sentiment many of the neighborhood fertilizer manufacturers and pile-up of useless inventory inside the market,” he said.

The urea inventory became anticipated to be around 250,000 ton at the give up of closing month.

posted in sunrise, June 14th, 2019