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Consider the following statements with reference to Fertilizers in India:

1. India is the one of the world’s leading exporter of Phosphate-based fertilizers.
2. The government provides Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) to Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) Fertilizers.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer is : B

Why in news?

  • India is staring at a severe shortage of Diammonium phosphate (DAP).

Explanation

  • Statement 1 is incorrect:

oIndia is the one of the world’s leading importer of Phosphate-based fertilizers.

oAbout 30% of DAP’s annual demand is met by domestic production in the country while the balance is imported.

  • Statement 2 is correct:

oThe government provides Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) to Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) Fertilizers.

  • Recently, the government has increased the subsidy to around 140% on DAP fertilizer to retain the selling price for farmers at the current level.

 

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