FAI provides the catalytic role for improving efficiency and productivity in fertiliser production, distribution and use. The
major areas of
FAI's multifarious activities may be grouped as follows:
The FAI acts as a bridge between Industry
and Govt. by maintaining close contact and rapport with concerned
Ministries and Agencies, like Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of
Chemicals & Fertilizers, Ministry of Finance, State Governments, ICAR ,CSIR,
The FAI acts as a
focal point for resolving industry problems by taking up issues with the
appropriate authorities. Data on various industry problems are collected
and collated for taking up the issue with the appropriate authority. FAI
is represented in all important Govt. Committees/Panels relating to
fertiliser and agriculture.
The views and
inputs of the FAI are continuously sought by the government on various
issues, viz., formulating policies related to fertiliser sector,
inclusion of new products in FCO, etc.
FAI maintains close liaison with international bodies like:
The FAI is
represented in various international fora. FAI officials are invited to
present papers on topics of importance to the developing countries in
the field of fertiliser and agriculture. From time to time, the FAI has
also undertaken studies sponsored by international organizations and
some developing countries.
Food & Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO)
United Nations Industrial Development
International Fertilizer Industry
IFDC (International Center for Soil
Fertility and Agricultural Development)
The Fertiliser Institute (TFI)
IMPHOS (World Phosphate Institute)
The Sulphur Institute (TSI)
International Potash Institute (IPI)
International Zinc Association (IZA)
Potash & Phosphate Institute of
Fertilizer Advisory Development and
Information Network for Asia and the Pacific (FADINAP)
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
National Fertilizer & Environmental
Research Center, USA
3. Developmental Activities
FAI provides a forum for exchange of views and cross-fertilisation of
ideas to those concerned with fertilisers in various disciplines,
through Group Discussions, Workshops, Think Tank Meetings and Seminars
at Regional, National and International levels.
4. FAI Seminar
The FAI Annual Seminar held generally in December every year has assumed
an International stature. It is attended by a large number (1300-1400)
of professionals from the fertiliser Industry and administrators in the
Govt. connected with policy issues from India and abroad.
The major conclusions and recommendations of the seminar
are considered / adopted for future course of action.
5. Special Studies
Studies on specific topics such as energy conservation, downtime
analysis, safety, pollution abatement, are carried out to help the
industry in problem solving and drawing action plan to improve
marking study of the performance of Indian fertiliser plants is carried
out both within the Indian industry and the industry abroad to provide
directions to achieve higher productivity. FAI also projects
demand/supply of fertilisers for national planning.
The FAI with the technical support from the Sulphur Institute,
Washington DC and funding by the IFA worked on projects on Sulphur in
Balanced Fertilisation in different states from 1997 to 2008.
The FAI has been carrying out FAO funded related studies.
FAI acts as a clearing house for technical, agricultural, marketing,
statistical information etc., concerning the industry by maintaining a
large and up-to-date library and documentation centre. It disseminates
information on various facets of the fertiliser industry within and
outside the country.
The FAI provides training programmes at all levels, covering all the
disciplines of the industry. These training programmes, mostly
residential of short as well as long duration, are well established.
Apart from meeting internal needs, the programmes have attracted
participation from other developing countries. In the past, many
participants in these programmes have been sponsored by UN agencies,
like, FAO, IAEA, FIAC, FADINAP and Common Wealth Secretariat.
Training programmes are organised in the areas of maintenance of plants,
instrumentation, marketing, management development, policy environment,
international trade and shipping, logistics and sales promotion,
specialty fertilisers, information and communication, forecasting and
With a view
to promote healthy competition and reward outstanding work, the FAI has
instituted a number of Annual Awards in the following areas:
Best Articles in the FAI journals
Outstanding Doctoral Research in Fertiliser Usage
Best Work done in Fertiliser Usage
Innovative Work on Transfer of Improved Farm Technologies
Technical Innovation Implemented
Best Overall Performance in Production
Excellence in Safety of Fertiliser Plants
Production, Promotion and Marketing of Bio-fertilisers
Best Video Film
In addition, the
FAI has instituted the following awards in collaboration with
TSI-FAI Award on Plant Nutrient Sulphur
PPIC-FAI Award for the Best Research on Management and Balanced Use
of Inputs in Achieving Maximum Yield
IMPHOS-FAI Award on Impact of Phosphorus on Yield and Quality of
IPI-FAI Award for Outstanding MSc. Research in
Balanced and Integrated Fertiliser Usage with Emphasis on Potassium
The FAI provides regular information to the National Press; Inputs are
given to International Organisations and Government Agencies; write-ups
are provided to professional and specialized publication in India and
abroad on the developments and issues relating to fertilisers,
agriculture and related areas. Press conferences are organized to
highlight issues/problems facing the fertiliser industry.
FAI publications are internationally accepted as authoritative sources
of reference material. The following journals are brought out by FAI
Journal of Fertilisers
(English) Fertiliser Marketing News (English), FAI
Abstract Service (English), Khad Patrika (Hindi)
Besides, a few
journals are published in Regional languages.
issues of Indian Journal of Fertilisers each dealing with
Technology, Marketing and Agronomy are brought out every year. The
September issue of Indian Journal of Fertilisers contains
the ‘Annual review of Production and Consumption’ which presents the
review of fertiliser production, consumption, prices, subsidies and
concession, fertiliser policy, etc. The December issue contains a status
paper on ‘Agriculture and Fertiliser Industry in India’ and special
papers on the theme of the seminar.
publication of Fertiliser Statistics is considered as a
reference book on Indian fertiliser and agriculture. It contains
detailed statistical information on production, distribution,
consumption, prices and related statistics pertaining to India as well
as other countries.
offices of the FAI bring out Fertiliser and Agriculture Statistics,
which gives state-wise and district-wise statistics.
various Seminars, Workshops and Group Discussions are also published.
regular publications, several ad-hoc publications like, Handbooks
on Fertiliser Technology, Marketing and Usage; Crop Booklets; Fertiliser
(control) Order; Fertiliser Scene in India; Soils of India; Fertiliser
Use and Environmental Quality; Fertiliser Warehousing; International
Prices & Related Statistics; Sulphuric acid Statistics; Bio-fertiliser
Statistics; etc. have been published, and are periodically
The FAI website
www.faidelhi.org is a
powerful site containing wealth of information both at macro and micro
levels relating to fertiliser, agriculture and allied areas. The
sections in the site include Statistical information, Environment and
Energy related information, Government notifications, Fertiliser policy
reports, FAI Abstract Service, Daily news bulletin, FAI activities,
Calendar of events, News flash, Links with important organizations,
directly or indirectly related to fertiliser and agriculture, etc.
To sum up, through a variety of activities in various
disciplines as brought out above, the FAI has constantly endeavoured to
realize the ultimate objective of Ensuring Food Security through
promoting balanced and efficient use of fertilisers. It will continue to
pursue this goal with added vigour by intensifying the existing
activities and taking new initiatives for meeting the emerging