Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertiliser Srikant Jena has informed the lower house of parliament that there is disparity between requirement and domestic production in urea and the gap is being met through imports.
The minister said the country would import nearly a million tonnes of urea in 2012-13 representing a rise of 15 percent.
According to the details released by the govt. the requirement of urea is likely to spike by 5 percent to 32.08 MT this fiscal as opposed to 30.52 million tonnes in 2011-12.
The minister added whether the rising costs of fertilisers has had an adverse effect on farming has not been examined in detail by experts.
Official sources say there has recently been a continuous rise in the use of urea in the country.