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India cuts phosphate and potash subsidies, move could hit consumption and imports

3:48 AM MDT | May 2, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

India is cutting subsidies on phosphate and potash fertilizers in fiscal year, which began in April, in an effort to cut fiscal deficit. The Indian government said on Wednesday that subsidy on diammonium phosphate (DAP) has been cut by 14% from a year ago to 12,350 Indian rupees ($229.4)/m.t. for 2013-14 and by 22% to Rs11,350/m.t. for potassium chloride (KCl).   “According to the new rates, the total subsidy for potash and phosphate fertilizers for the financial year 2013-14 would be reduced by around 15%,” said finance minister P. Chidambaram...

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