We need to ensure phosphate and potassium stocks since the two types of raw materials cannot be produced domestically
Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) produced 3.92 million tons of fertilizers in the year up to April 2022 to maintain national fertilizer production and meet subsidized fertilizer requirements.

Fertilizer production comprised 2,485,566 tons of urea, 93,650 tons of SP-36, 246,675 tons of ZA, 1,089,254 tons of NPK, and 3,771 tons of ZK, PT Pupuk Indonesia Production Director Bob Indiarto noted in a written statement released in Jakarta on Saturday.

PT Pupuk Indonesia, formerly PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja (Pusri), is a strategic and investment holding company of seven subsidiaries.

Last year, Pupuk Indonesia had produced 19.52 million tons of fertilizers and non-fertilizer goods, accounting for 100.7 percent of the target set in its business plan and corporate budget (RKAP).

Indiarto noted that smooth fertilizer production also hinged on the availability of raw materials, particularly phosphate (DAP) and rock phosphate as well as potassium (KCl). In general, the company managed to maintain the supply of raw materials until the end of 2022.

The supply of raw materials for the production of NPK fertilizers was disrupted due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Russia is one of the biggest exporters of fertilizer raw materials in the world.

"We need to ensure phosphate and potassium stocks since the two types of raw materials cannot be produced domestically," he pointed out.

Hence, Pupuk Indonesia has ensured additional raw material supplies from other nations, such as Canada and Middle Eastern countries.

"The supplies of NPK raw materials have already reached a secure threshold to ensure smooth production until the end of this year," he stated.

As of June 2022, subsidized fertilizer stocks stood at 737,970 tons comprising 371,823 tons of urea, 257,348 tons of NPK, 26,048 tons of SP-36, 32,955 tons of ZA, and 45,760 tons of organic fertilizer.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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