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Inaugurated the 52nd FAI (The Fertiliser Association of India) Annual Seminar 2016 with the theme “Fertilizer – Make in India ?” at Aerocity in New Delhi. MoS Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, DGFAI Shri Satish Chandra and others were present. On this occasion, 4 different annual publications of FAI were released. Also, awards were presented to various companies in fertilizer production.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY ADDRESS

*** I reminded the industry representatives of Indian and International fertilizers industry that in the line of themes of the previous seminars of FAI, the Government of India has taken many policy interventions to make Indian Fertilizers Industry as one of the fastest growing sector in India. I congratulated and thanked the entire management viz. from CMD to the common worker of the Industry for achieving record production of Urea during the financial year 2015-16. I thanked the industry for extending the credit facility to the retailers and dealers after demonetization. It will help the farmer to get fertilizer on credit.

*** I thanked the entire industry for applauding the move of the demonetization by the present Government. I hope that the benefit of demonetization will also trickle to the fertilizers industry.

*** Fertilizers constitutes a major input for Agriculture. Therefore, the Government will take all measures to stablilize the Fertilizer sector so that the dream of Hon’ble Prime Minister to double the farm income will be a reality.

*** I finished my speech with a note that the Fertilizer Industry and Government of India will work in tandemto ensure the interests of farmers of the country to enable food security of India.

BACKGROUND ABOUT THE SEMINAR

The Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) is a representative body of the Fertilizer Industry. FAI Annual Seminar is an important event in the international calendar attracting delegates in large numbers from India and abroad. This seminar is accompanied by an exhibition where 45 companies are displaying their products and services. There are 18 presentations from within and outside the country. The presentations relate to supply-demand and price trends of fertilizers and raw materials, impact of fertilizer policies, production technologies, prudent use of natural resources in Indian agriculture, efficiency in marketing and distribution, etc.