Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFCL), manufacturer of industrial chemicals and fertilizers owned by state government of Gujarat has announced manufacturing of Calcium Nitrate Ca(NO₃)₂ which until now was completely imported into India.
The annual requirement of Calcium Nitrate in India is around 1,20,000 MTPA. GFSCL will be producing around 10,000 MTPA initially and will be scaled up to 30,000 MTPA in the coming 12 months.
The product was launched virtually by Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr. Mansukh Mandaviya on 1st October 2020. In his video address the Minister said, “We identified about 79 chemicals where import substitution could take place. Of these, there are 39 chemicals, where we are 70-100 per cent dependent on imports. GSFC has identified 21 such chemicals to make in India and take a big leap to achieve the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
“We are planning to move all fertiliser plants in this direction and make the fertilizer-based chemical sector self-reliant” he added.
GSFCL recently received appreciation by Niti Ayog CEO Mr. Amitabh Kant for its commitment to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative to produce 21 new products imported by India. Total investment for new product development will be around INR 700 Crore in this financial year.
GSFCL has currently started production of Calcium Nitrate at its Vadodara (Gujarat) facility and there plans to setup a separate unit for it in near future.
About GSFCL: Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited is an Indian manufacturer of fertilizers and industrial chemicals founded in 1962. It is owned by state government. Its manufacturing facility is in Vadodara, Gujarat. The main products are plastics, nylons, fibers, industrial gases and varied chemicals including urea, ammonia, ammonium sulfate, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid & diammonium phosphate, Caprolactam, Melamine and Methanol. Total revenue of company for financial year 2019-20 stood at INR 7,730 Crore.