ISLAMABAD - Long hours unscheduled gas curtailment and further delay in imports has restricted the sale of DAP. The sale of DAP went down by 19 per cent to 0.85m tons during the last month of October. Sources told The Nation on Friday that however urea sales went up by 3 per cent to 4.8m tons in October 2011. Similarly, fertilizer off-take increased by 2 per cent to 6.7m tons in the said span of time while the sale of other nitrous fertilizers, Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN), Nitrophos (NP) and (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash (Potassium)) (NPK), posted a cumulative increase of 27 per cent to 0.86m tons. Higher demand for other products mainly stems from non-availability and higher prices of urea, which forced farmers towards relatively cheaper alternatives. National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC) has also released the fertilizer off-take for the month of October 2011 and declared a decline in the sale of DAP to 19 per cent. It has also claimed that gas curtailment and delay in imports restricted growth in urea sales (up 3 percent to 4.8m tons), DAP sales posted a decline of 19 per cent to 0.85m tons. Moreover, only in the month of October 2011, total fertilizer off take stood at 0.8mn tons, down 15 per cent year on year (YoY) (urea sales up 21 percent, DAP sales down by 45 percent). Sharp decline in DAP is primarily due to some pre-buying of DAP this year before Rabi season amid fear of higher gas curtailment in winter. On month on month (MoM) basis, total fertilizer off take stood higher by 3 per cent (urea down 1 percent, DAP up 65 percent) mainly due to higher fertilizer demand amid Rabi season. It is worth mentioning that company wise data has shown that urea sales by Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) and Engro posted an increase of 11 per cent and 40 per cent respectively during October 2011. Again, increase in later is primarily due to production from its new plant. Similarly, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL) flag ship DAP sales stood higher by 2 per cent while FFBLs urea sales declined by 13 per cent primarily due to higher gas curtailment on Sui network.