YEREVAN, September 26. / ARKA /. The Vanadzor Chemical Plant will resume production of fertilizers in the coming days, agriculture minister Sergo Karapetyan said today in the parliament which was discussing the government’s report on 2011 budget execution. The minister said the production cycle is already running, however, the mass production of fertilizers will start in two - three days.
The minister said in the first phase the plant will produce nitric fertilizers – carbamide and ammonium sulphate, and in the future it may start producing also phosphate fertilizers. The minister said that plant has the capacity to produce up to 25,000 tons of carbamide and ammonium sulphate per year. The local demand for this type of fertilizers is 35,000 tons, he said. According to Karapetian, Armenian fertilizers will cost significantly cheaper.
According to the ministry of agriculture, Armenia’s agricultural sector uses today about 40 thousand of all types of fertilizers, including nitric, potassium and phosphorus.
Vanadzor Kimprom, which is part of Prometey –Khimprom company, was commissioned in 2005 after a long idle period. The plant is owned by a British-registered Russian company Roding International Limited. -0-