Pyrites, Phosphates and Chemicals Limited (PPCL) was founded in 1960 with the mission of exploring and exploiting indigenous mineral deposits for the production of Sulphur, Sulphuric acid and phosphatic fertilizers.The main thrust of the company has been “Mining for Agriculture”. With this objective, the company has also been engaged in the marketing of quality fertilizers, educating the farmers on land reclamation, efficient use of fertilizers and allied activities for the prosperity of the farming community.
PPCL has three production unit and a vast marketing network spread all over the country. PPCL has identified huge deposits of Iron Pyrites at Amjhore, Distt. Rohtas, Bihar and at Saladipura, Distt. Sikar, Rajasthan. It has further identified and mined Rock Phosphate in the hills of Mussoorie (U.P.) and from this Rock Phosphate, PPCL sucessfully developed Mussoorie Phos as a natural and eco friendly phosphatic fertilizer for direct application.
AMJHORE UNIT, BIHAR
Amjhore, site of one of the largest Pyrites deposit in the world, sprawls over an area of about 125 Sq.Km. in Distt. Rohtas, Bihar. Amjhore has an estimated 275 millions tonnes of equivalent Sulphure in the form of Iron Pyrites which makes it one of the largest deposit in the world. PPCL produces Single Super Phosphate (SSP) under the brand name of Sone Ganga Khad based on Sulphuric Acid being produced from Iron Pyrites. PPCL is the only company in India to produce Sulphuric acid from Iron Pyrites. The installed capacity of the Sulphuric Acid and SSP plants are 320 TPD and 800 TPD respectively.
DEHRADUN UNIT, UTTAR PRADESH
The Mussoorie Syncline in the Himalyan hills has vast resources about 45 million tonnes of low to medium grade Rock Phosphate. These deposits are scattered all Syncline, covering a map length of 120 Km. Out of all the blocks covering the complete synclinal portion, Maldeota and Durmala are potential deposits. These reserves are being mined by PPCL and are being marketed countrywide under the brand name of Mussoorie Phos (M.Phos). PPCl mines in Mussoorie are the only underground Rock Phosphates in India.
SALADIPURA UNIT, RAJASTHAN
The Saladipura unit possesses vast deposit of about 120 million tonnes of medium grade Iron Pyrites, equivalent to 25 million tonnes of Sulphur. However, as production of Sulphuric Acid from Pyrites is not economical, the company has setup 300 TPD SSP and 200 TPD granulated SSP plant based on bought out Sulphuric acid. The common brand name of the product is Sone Ganga Khad.
Village level development programme and community development
The Company has undertaken farmers’ educational, fertilizer promotional and extension activities in different parts of the country with the objective to increase agricultural production through adoption of modern agricultural practices with special attention on balanced and efficient use of fertilizers.
The company has also adopted 4 villages, 3 in Bihar, 1 in Rajasthan for an overall socio-economic development through agricultural and related activities at grass-root level. In these adopted villages, programmes like organising demonstrations, crop melas, soil testing, farmers training, farmers meetings and plantation etc. have been organised.
Safety and Environment
The company has made continuous efforts for protection of environment and safety of its men and machines. The company has won a number of awards in safety and environmental protection from the Directorate General of Mines Safety and Indian Bureau of Mines for its Amjhore and Dehradun units.
The company has been adopting adequate hi-tech control measure in the field of safety and environmental protection and is not compromising on these matters so as to maintain high standards of safety and environment. Further, during 1998-1999, 4500 saplings have been planted in the mines area of the Dehradun unit. Similarly, in Amjhore and Saladipura units 10,000 and 4,000 saplings respectively have been planted in order to provide a clean and healthy environment.
Research and Development
PPCL is continuing Agricultural Research Projects through the State Agricultural Universities to establish the usefulness of Mussoorie Rock Phosphate as an indigenous and economical phosphatic fertilizer in neutral and alkaline soil areas of the country.
Training and Development
Due attention is being given to training and development of the workforce with a view to ensure optimum capacity utilization and also to adapt latest technology in different areas of functioning. Apart from getting the work force trained through external training, in house training programmes have also been organised at different unit/division levels.
Series of meetings / counsellings with the recognised Union / Associations have helped in maintaining cordial industrial relations. The employees have rendered utmost co-operation and hard work.
Progressive use of Hindi
The company is continuing to make extensive efforts for promoting use of Hindi in day to day office work in order to comply with the provisions of Official Languages Policy of the Government of India. We have already published hand books on safety, training literatures, Work procedure, Purchase procedure in Hindi.
We are using software named LEAP & ALP to perform communication in Hindi through computer. The company has made further headway in this area by implementing the valuable suggestions of the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language.
The total number of regular employees on the rolls as on 1.5.2001 was 1532. The policy of the Govt. of India for reservation of posts for those belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Ex-Serviceman and Physically handicapped is being observed.
Sone Ganga Khad (SSP)
PPCL has established quality and most acceptable SSP under brand name “Sone Ganga Khad.” It is an ideal combination of high quality 16% water soluble phosphate, 12% water soluble plant available Sulphur and 21% Calcium. SSP is being produced at Amjhore unit in Bihar as well as at Saladipura unit in Rajasthan. Sone Ganga Khad is very much popular in PPCL’s economic marketing zone covering Bihar, Eastern U.P., Bengal & other eastern states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Western U.P.
Agriculture Grade Pyrites (AGP)
PPCL showed its innovative spirit by pioneering an alternative use of Pyrites. It developed AG. Grade Pyrites as an amendment for the reclamation of Alkaline (usar) soil and also its use as a source of nutrient Sulphur in Sulphur deficient soils primarily for the production of Sulphur loving oilseeds, pulses and cereal crops. With this, about 1.70 Lakh hectares of alkaine soils in U.P., Bihar, M.P., and Delhi have been reclaimed, thereby producing about 7.25 lakh tonnes of additional foodgrains every year.
PPCL has successfully established the use of “Mussoorie Phos” as the most effective, economical, natural and eco-friendly phosphatic fertilizer across the country and more specifically in acidic soils dominated in the Southern, Eastern and N.E. states of the country.
Sone Ganga Bio Fertilizers
To substitute high cost chemical fertilizer, PPCL has pioneered the use of agrominerals in agriculture and also to enhance integrated Plant Nutrient Supply (PNS) through alternative renewable source of nutrient supply such as Bio-fertilizers. Considering Bio-fertilizers are going to be at centre stage in time to come, PPCL has started producing Rhizobium inoculant at Amjhore for its marketing and promotion in Bihar and U.P.
The economic liberalisation has thrown open a plethora of challenges. In this scenario PPCL, with its vibrant marketing network that is entrenched firmly around the roots of Indian agriculture, provides an ideal launching pad for promoting agriculture inputs. Its decades of undaunted service for commercial agriculture needs no further explanation. Towards this end, PPCL has turned successful its marketing network into trading business advantage.
A well knit marketing department is the nerve centre of the company. The department has three zones North, East and South with headquarters at Noida, Calcutta and Bangalore, respectively. It has 50 sales offices extending throughout the nation. Besides marketing its own products viz Single Super Phosphate (SSP), Mussoorie Rock Phosphate (M.Phos), Agriculture grade Pyrite (AGP), Bio Fertilizer etc., PPCL is importing and marketing DAP, MOP etc., throughout the country. PPCL has made a name in handling of fertilizers at Indian ports. It has managed logistics efficiently in marketing of maximum tonnage of imported fertilizers within the country through a well knit distribution system which connects PPCL to the consumers.
TRADING ACTIVITIES & EXPORTS
PPCL, besides marketing of its own products, also imports fertilizers like DAP, MOP etc. and handles Urea on behalf of Govt. of India. PPCL also markets fertilizers, Agro minerals and other Agro-inputs produced by indigenous manufacturers. These activities are to augment the availability of fertilizers of right quality at right time at right price to the farmers.
PPCL has been exporting fertilizers to the countries like Bangladesh and is trying to find out markets in other neighbouring countries.
PORT OPERATION & HANDLING OF FERTILIZERS
PPCL has developed expertise in handling of material at almost all major ports of the country infrastructure has been developed for speedy discharge of material from ships, its bagging and inland transportation.
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The publicity of the products of PPCL is done through slogans on walls, hoardings, video cassettes, cine-slides, leaflets, mobile vans as well as through group discussions, seminars and regional meetings.
PPCL, on account of its activities and profession, maintains very cordial relations with Railway authorities, Govt. agencies, district/state authorities, local authorities and bodies to the best of its abilities.
PPCL has no separate grievance cell in the unit but the unit head is always available for the redressal of the aggrieved. The head of unit is the main person who is designated for grievances redressal and above all CMD is the senior most person to be contacted for any such matters.
At all the project sites staff clubs and union clubs have been provided apart from the main club such as Pyrite club for executives at Amjhore and Sone Ganga club at Saladipura. Besides this “Children Park” facilities have also been provided for the employees’ kids & family members.
PPCL WILL EMERGE AS A LEADER IN THE PRODUCTION AND SUPPLY OF A FULL RANGE OF PHOSPHATIC FERTILIZERS AND PROVIDE QUALITY AGRO-INPUTS AND SERVICES TO THE FARMERS.
THE COMPANY SHALL PRODUCE AND MARKET ALL VARIETIES OF PHOSPHATIC FERTILIZERS SUITABLE FOR CROP PRODUCTION IN DIFFERENT AGRO-CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AND SERVE THE FARMERS BY PROVIDING TAILOR MADE PACKAGES OF AGRO-INPUTS MATCHING WITH THEIR RESOURCES AND CONSTRAINTS.
IMPLICATIONS OF VISION-2020 AND MISSION-2020
PPCL will produce and supply a variety of phosphatic fertilizers, like SSP. PAPR (Partially Acidulated Rock Phosphate), for crop production in different agro-climatic condition.
Build up further fertilizer production facilities at appropriate location.
Step up the trading activities and emerge as a supplier of all agro inputs to the farmers.
Greater thrust will be given to the quality of products and profitability of operations.
Serve the farmers by providing tailor-made package of inputs considering their resources and constraints.
Strengthen the marketing network and develop capability of the marketing workforce to achieve its objective.
Give thrust to Research and Development activities.
Emphasis on the Human Resource Development (HRD) to exploit its full potential.
Build strategic alliances and joint ventures for the growth of the company in selected fields.
Fertilizer nutrient consumption in India has increased from 0.06 million to 14.34 million tonnes, but nutrient consumption still remains low as compared to other countries. Therefore, balanced and efficient use of fertilizer holds the key to increased agriculture production. PPCL would thus play a greater role in increasing the food grain production of the country by providing to the farmers the right kind of fertilizer at the right time at right price.