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Small and medium sized fertilizer manufacturing units in TN facing shortage of sulphuric acid

Small and medium-sized fertiliser industries are facing shortage of sulphuric acid especially after the closure of Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant in Tuticorin that was the main producer, managing director of Coimbatore Pioneer Fertiliser D Vidyaprakash said.

Owing to the shortage of the single super phosphate, a fertiliser, arising out of low supply of sulphuric acid, many fertiliser units were affected, Vidyaprakash told reporters.

He said short supply of good quality acid has caused a rise in its cost by 300 per cent hitting production of the single super phosphate.

The managing director said the existing stock in Coimbatore Pioneer Fertiliser may meet the demand for 20 days. He said sourcing the acid from neighboring Andhra Pradesh or northern States would double the cost because of freight charge.

The Tamil Nadu government had in May ordered permanent closure of the Sterlite unit of Vedanta group after 13 people, who demanded the closure citing environmental concerns, were killed in a police firing.

Vidyaprakash said the government should intervene in the crisis and ensure viable source of sulphuric acid.

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