LONDON : Caretaker Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Shahzada Ahsan Ashraf Sheikh has stressed the need for regular policy for manufacturing of fertilizers, keeping in view the necessities of the country.

Addressing a reception during his visit to National Fertilizers Corporation (NFC) headquarters here on Wednesday, he said it was need of hour to work for alternative methods of manufacturing fertilizers. He said the country could be self-reliant in energy and fertilizer sectors if bio-gas plants were constructed on large scale and systematically.

The minister said organic fertilizers to be produced in bio-gas plants could not only fulfil demands of fertilizer in the country but also Pakistan could compete the world in organic food products. He said that organic fertilizers was health beneficial and economical in prices which could also be helpful in generating heavy foreign exchange for the country. He directed the NFC administration to evolve a new fertilizer policy and set up regional offices in Peshawer and Quetta.

Earlier, NFC chairman Rizwan Mumtaz Ali briefed the minister about the institution and its causes. Managing Director NFML Tariq Shafiq Khan and other officers were also present.