The Government is planning to liberalise Market Development Assitance(MDA) policy to promote the use of alternative fertlizers.The Union minister for Chemiclas and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the initiatives of his department on Tuesday.
MDA policy was earlier limited to city compost only. There were demands to expand this policy by incorporating organic waste like biogas, green manure, organic compost from rural areas, solid/liquid slurry etc.
"This expansion will fully complement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan of the Government of India", the Ministry said in a statement. In a meeting held on Tuesday , Mandaviya was apprised that the Matrix Fertilizers Plant in Durgapur having capacity of 12.7 lakh metric tonnes will commence soon. The Minister said that with the commencement of the Ramagundum plant, 12.7 LMTPA indigenous urea production in the country has been added and this will help realise the vision of the Prime Minister to make India self-reliant in urea production.
"The Project shall not only imrove the availability of fertiliser to framers but also give a boost to the economy in th region including development of infrastructure like railway, roads, ancillary industry etc.besides ensurin food security to the nation", he added.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba, Secretary, Department of Fertilizers RK Chaturvedi and senior officials of the ministry also attended the meeting.