LAHORE (PR) - The government has recently taken a policy decision to divert gas from fertilizer plants to power sector in order to increase the electricity generation. Apart from the other measures announced by the government, the said diversion of gas to power generation is expected to reduce loadshedding and provide some relief to hapless masses. These emergency measures are said to be in place till such time the power generation from the hydel power plants increases. The impact of the gas diversion from fertilizer plants to power generation for 90 days is said to be a production loss of approximately 263 thousand tons fertilizer. This reduced production will result in operational inefficiency and higher costs for the fertilizer companies. Fertilizer companies now will have to recover their fixed component of production and other costs through reduced production, which will lead to increasing fertilizer prices. The recent increase of fertilizer prices in the market is a reflection of this phenomenon.