In the period beginning April 2010 to January 2011 included, the Indian NP/NPK production increased 10% over the previous year. There has been and advance of NPK manufacture at the account of DAP, where production fall by 17%. For the period 2011-2012 the NPK demand in India has been estimated in some 11 million tonnes; most of it will be met by domestic production, which is expected to be in the order of some 9-10 million tonnes NPK, and the balance will be imported. DAP demand will be a bit greater but the domestic production will be less than half of that of NPK manufacture and imports in 2011-2012 will double the local manufacture and arrive to about a possible 8 million tonnes.
Due to the high demand for NPK in the North Indian market, Madras Fertilizers re-started manufacturing NPK in the unit that was closed two years ago. MFL is a public state undertaking and was established in 1966. The last time they produced NPK was in 2007-2008, when they produced over 35 thousand tonnes. They have installed a 540,000 tpa NPK capacity based on Hindustan Dorr Oliver technology.