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Brunei’s natural gas pulling factor for India’s fertiliser plant plans

INDIA is considering the establishment of a fertiliser plant in Brunei to help fuel its agriculture sector and potentially export to around the region, said a senior official from India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East) at the India Ministry of External Affairs told the media that during talks with Brunei government officials, there was a proposal to set up a fertiliser production facility in Brunei because of the availability of raw materials such gas produced by the Sultanate.

Wadhwa was on a two-day visit to the country to hold consultations with his counterparts from Brunei’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Once a plant is established and operational, India would then import the products as India needs a lot of fertiliser.

“This is because we do not have the raw material to make fertiliser from,” he said.

He said that investing in other countries which had the potential to do so and buying back the production was a model that has suited and benefitted the economy of India.

He cited Oman and Tunisia as countries which they have done similar projects with.

In an address to the Indian community held yesterday, Wadhwa said that a plant would help contribute to their country’s massive agricultural sector for greater output.

India is a large producer of wheat and rice, and in 2014, India was the world’s largest exporter of rice.

“What (the Indian government) is looking at now are fruits and vegetables and other perishable commodities, and addressing wastage due to logistic inefficiencies,” he said.

A special ministry had been set up in India to look at food processing, and are looking at new techniques around the world, warehousing facilities integrated with transportation and techniques in growing fruits and vegetables that were out of season.

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