In a major push for Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), chemicals major Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) on Thursday started selling locally made calcium nitrate — a 100-per cent imported water-soluble fertilizer.

Building up on its capabilities to make caprolactam and its by-product nitric acid, GSFC found economic viability to make calcium nitrate at its facility near Vadodara. The first consignments of the locally-made calcium nitrate and boronated calcium nitrate was sent to Solan in Himachal Pradesh and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra.

Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday launched the product online. “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,” the minister said in

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