Special Correspondent

KOCHI: A Rs.15-crore project for producing granulated mixture of fertilizers will be set up at Vazhakkulam in Ernakulam district. It will be a joint venture of the public sector company FACT and Kerala State Cooperative Rubber Marketing Federation (Rubbermark).

Its project report was handed over to the T.H. Musthaffa, president of Rubbermark, by George Sleeba, CMD of FACT, at a function held at Mudikkal, near Aluva, on Saturday.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) which facilitates Rubbermark to undertake the work of mixing of various fertilizers produced by FACT was exchanged on the occasion. Another MoU, which authorised Rubbermark to operate a stock point dealership for FACT fertilizers was also handed over.

Inaugurating the function, M.M. Monayi, MLA, said the fertilizers of FACT were in high demand and there was scarcity in the market. The new arrangement would prove beneficial to the farming community.

Mixing operations

Mr. Musthaffa said mixing operations would be carried out at the Rubbermark mixing units at Chadayamangalam, Mudikkal, Kozhikkode and Nilambur. A total of 1 lakh tonnes of fertilizers would be mixed in a year.

Mr. Sleeba said the stock point concept, existing in several States, was being introduced in Kerala.

Though the company had supplied 13,000 tonnes of fertilizers in the Kerala market in a month, there was acute shortage. The stock point dealership would prevent malpractice and unauthorised distribution. A range of crop specific fertilizers and organic fertilizers would be distributed through the new set-up.

Unlike the physically mixed fertilizers, the granulated mixture ensures uniformity of ingredients and quality of the product. It would go a long way in improving farm productivity, he said.

Saju Paul, MLA; S. Ratnakumaran, managing director, Rubbermark; and Joy Abraham, vice-president, Rubbermark; spoke. A. Asokan and V.G. Sankaranarayanan, directors of FACT, P.V. Scaria, Mathew Kulathinkal and S. Radhakrishnan, Directors of Rubbermark, were among those present.