ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Science and Technology has come up with a formula to produce fertilizer from local coal that will cost only Rs 600 per 50 kg bag as compared to the imported DAP fertilizer that is sold at Rs 4000 per bag in the market.
Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Kamran Ali Qureshi while talking to TheNation said that PCSIR, an institution located in Karachi working under the ministry, has performed multiple experiments on coal to fertilizer project and finally has claimed that it is successful thus making the country able to produce local DAP fertilizer that mostly is imported from other countries.
Kamran Qureshi told that Minister for Science and Technology and he himself visited PCSIR office in Karachi and witnessed the development made by the organisation. PCSIR claims that it is providing the fertilizer to farmers on experimental basis and the results are wonderful and no adverse affect has been reported yet. It is also pertinent to mention here that coal to fertilizer formula already exist in the world but in Pakistan it has been done for the very first time. The formulas mostly are owned by the companies so whoever wants to do that have to conduct experiments on its own.
PCSIR also has claimed in front of Secretary Science and Technology and Minister that the demand for the newly developed fertilizer is increasing due to its good results. Kamran Qureshi whereas said that Ministry officially did not release such information earlier because it did not want to announce it prematurely and still want to conduct more experiment before launching the formula for sale to private companies.
Responding to a question, Secretary said that ministry cannot make the formula public as it has to generate its income through such inventions and most probably it will give the formula to some company that could be able to pay good royalty amount to the government. In response to the question that is it possible that after transfer of formula to private company the price will not be Rs 600 for the bag? Secretary said that there is more possibility that the price will even decrease by the claimed figure as the company would be able to produce fertilizer on large scale that will help reduce its cost.