LAHORE - The urea offtake during the first four months (Jan-Apr), 2008 stood at 1.8mn tons, up by 70.1% compared to 1.1mn tons in the corresponding period last year however, DAP sales depicted a decrease of 65.0% as they declined to 79k tons in the period under review against 226k tons in the corresponding period of last year. According to the latest fertilizer data released by the National Fertilizer Development Centre (NFDC), showed that the jump in the current year is mainly attributable to abnormal decline in urea offtake at the beginning of last year (2007) as farmers purchased comparatively higher quantities of DAP due to the subsidy factor. Further, DAP prices currently show no signs of receding from their high levels, compelling farmers to increasingly substitute it with urea, resulting in the high percentage increase in urea offtake. Alone in the month of Apr 2008, urea offtake stood at 390k tons as against 189k tons in Apr 2007, depicting a huge increase of 106.6%YoY. Due to the high prevailing prices of DAP in the market, offtake in first four months (Jan-Apr) of 2008 declined to 79k tons as compared to 226k tons in the corresponding period last year, depicting a decline of 65.0%YoY. Alone in the month of Apr 2008, offtake declined by 87.2% to stand at just 6k tons.