November 26, 2011


Global fertiliser suppliers agree to lower prices by 5%



Global fertiliser suppliers have agreed to reduce prices of key fertilisers di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and NPK fertilisers by 5%, an industry official said Thursday (Nov 24).


"Global suppliers have agreed to cut fertiliser prices by around 5%. DAP will now be cheaper by US$35/tonne and NPK (Nitrogen Phosphate and Potassium) fertilisers by US$25/tonne," said Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Ltd (IFFCO) Managing Director US Awasthi.


Indian fertiliser companies on Tuesday had asked global suppliers to bring down prices of DAP by US$50/tonne, MoP (Muriate of Potash) by US$36 per tonne and NPK fertilisers by US$45/tonne on account of rising import costs due to falling rupee. They had said they would have to increase retail prices if global rates did not come down.


With the reduction in prices, there will be no increase in the maximum retail price (MRP) of DAP and NPK fertilisers sold by IFFCO till March 2012, Awasthi added.


"We are contracting DAP at US$677 per tonne and NPK fertilisers at US$617 per tonne and with the cut there will not be increase in MRP by IFFCO till March 2012 as the contracts are for that period," he said.


Meanwhile, the rupee Thursday strengthened by 21 paise to 52.14 against the US dollar in early trade. Yesterday, it ended at 52.35/36 - its all-time closing low - against the US dollar.


India imports 90% of its DAP demand and the entire requirement of MoP.


The country is estimated to have imported 5.6 million tonnes of urea, 3.81 million tonnes of DAP, 2.6 million tonnes of MoP and 2.17 million tonnes of complex fertilisers during the Rabi (winter) season 2011-12.


The inbound shipments of urea, DAP and MOP stood at 6.61 million tonnes, 7.41 million tonnes and 4.5 million tonnes, respectively during the whole of 2010-11 fiscal year.

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