State owned trading firm MMTC Limited has invited tenders from local manufacturers as well as foreign firms for supply of 5,25,000 tonnes of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and other fertilisers.
Bids for the supply of 4,00,000 tonnes of DAP and 1,25,000 tonnes of complex fertilisers will close on April 13 and April 15 respectively, and the tenders will be finalised the same days.
MMTC said the entire contracted cargo should reach kandla, Krishnapatnam, Vizag, Tuticorin and New Mangalore ports in specified parcels of 25,000-40,000 tonnes on staggered basis during May-September 2011.
This year's fertiliser demand is estimated to be 4% higher at 28.8 million tonnes in the ensuing Kharif (summer) season, as against 27.7 million tonnes in the year-ago period.
The Kharif season starts with the onset of the south-west monsoon from June. Crops like paddy, pulses and oilseeds are largely grown during this season.