National Fertilizers Limited (NFL)
NFL, incorporated in 1974 is India's largest Central Public Sector Enterprise in Fertilizers Sector with a turnover of over Rs. 7300 crores and an overall annual installed capacity of 32.31 lakh tonnes of Urea. NFL has five Urea plants located at Nangal & Bathinda in Punjab, Panipat in Haryana and Vijaipur I & II plants in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from producing Urea, NFL is also engaged in manufacturing & marketing of Industrial products, trading of complex fertilizers and other Agro Products.The annual installed capacity of the company has been augmented to 35.68 LMT after commissioning of revamp projects at Vijaipur-I & II during April / July 2012.
About National Fertilizers Limited (NFL):
NFL, a Schedule ‘A’ & a Mini Ratna (Category-1) Company having its registered Office at New Delhi was incorporated on 23rd August 1974. It Corporate Office is at NOIDA (U.P). NFL is under the administrative control of Ministry of Chemicals &Fertilizers, Department of Fertilizers. It has an authorized capital of '1000 crore and a paid up capital of ' 490.58 crore out of which Government of India’s share is 90% and 10% is held by financial institutions & others.
Industrial / Business Operations
NFL has five gas based Urea plants viz Nangal & Bathinda in Punjab,Panipat in Haryana and two at Vijaipur (Madhya Pradesh). The above plants at Panipat, Bathinda & Nangal have recently been converted from fuel oil feedstock to natural gas. Vijaipur plants have also been revamped for energy saving & capacity enhancement. Total annual Urea installed capacity of the Company is 35.68 LMT.
NFL is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of Urea, Neem Coated Urea, Bio-Fertilizers (solid & liquid) and other allied Industrial products like Ammonia, Nitric Acid, Ammonium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Nitrate etc.
The Company is also doing trading business in various agro-inputs like certified quality seeds, compost / Vermi compost manure, agrochemicals like Insecticides / Herbicides, Bentonite Sulphur etc. Company is also taking up initiative for setting up of Single Super Phosphate (SSP), Heavy water, Bentonite Sulphur plants etc.
The Company’s Marketing Network comprises of Central Marketing Office at NOIDA, three Zonal Offices at Bhopal, Lucknow & Chandigarh, 13 State Offices and 39 Area Offices spread across the country.
The company has been mandated to revive the closed plants of Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL) at Ramagundam in collaboration with M/s EIL and M/s FCIL by setting up Ammonia & Urea plants of annual capacity 7.26 LMT & 12.71 LMT respectively. The Company has also a Joint Venture (33.33% share) “Urvarak Videsh Limited” with M/s. KRIBHCO and RCF as promoters. The main objective of the joint venture company is to explore investment opportunity abroad and within the country in nitrogenous, phosphatic and potassic sectors and to render consultancy services for setting up projects in India and abroad.
The percentage share of NFL in Urea production in the country was 14.2% during 2012-13.The Company produced 32.11 lakh tonnes of Urea which includes 10.83 LMT of Neem coated Urea. 448 MT of Bio-fertilizers (solid & liquid) was produced during the year.
Sales & Marketing performance
During 2012-13, company sold 31.62 LMT of Urea (including 10.92 LMT of Neem Coated Urea). Industrial products of worth ' 95.63 crores & Bio-Fertilizers (liquid & solid) of' 3.65 crores were sold during 2012-13. Turnover of traded Agri products (Compost, Seeds, Bentonite Sulphur & Pesticides) was ' 30.08 crores.
Promotion of balanced use of fertilizers
Company has been strongly advocating and promoting balanced and efficient use of fertilizers. It has identified soil testing as a primary diagnostic technique towards soil health management and balanced fertilizer use and is playing a pivotal role in educating farmers about benefits of soil test based application of chemical fertilizers, appropriate cropping pattern, the role of organic manure and bio-fertilizers in improving soil health. The programmes under taken to achieve this objective include farmers in house training at Kisan Vikas Kendra’s, arranging farmers’ meets with eminent scientists to equip them with requisite knowledge.
Company has set up elaborate facilities for soil testing including 6 static and 4 mobile soil testing vans with capacity totest 50,000 samples annually. The soil samples are collected across Company’s marketing territory, analyzed and soil test reports are provided free of cost to farmers in time with fertilizer application recommendations according to soil status and crops to be grown. During the year 2012-13, over 50,000 soil samples were collected and analyzed and reports were provided to the farmers.
Company also undertakes dealers training programmes, field demonstrations, distribution of crop literature,participated in kisan melas advising farmers on fertilizer dosages, use of bio-fertilizers, compost etc. for holisticapproach to cultivation.