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Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL)

1. Overview

Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) was incorporated on 5th April 2002 after segregation of Namrup units in Assam from parent company Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Ltd (HFCL). It has two operating Ammonia-Urea units namely Namrup-II and Namrup-III situated at Namrup, Assam. Its Corporate Office is also situated at Namrup. Namrup-I group of plants, which was commissioned on 01.01.1969, has been dismantled and disposed off in phases.

Plants

Original (MT)

Post Revamp/ Reassessed (MT)

Yearly

Daily

Yearly

Daily

Ammonia – II

198000

600

144000

480

Ammonia – III

198000

600

167400

558

Urea – II*

330000

1000

240000

800

Urea – III

385000

1167

270000

900

* Due to non-availability of natural Gas beyond the contracted quantity, Namrup-II  plants are being run at 50% load with one stream of Urea Plant during the post revamp period w.e.f.Nov-2005. 
The other establishments of the company are Liaison Offices at NOIDA and Marketing Offices at Guwahati, Kolkata and Patna. The authorized share capital and paid up capital of the company as on 31.03.2020 are Rs. 510 crores and Rs.365.83 crores respectively.
All the Namrup plants are based on Natural Gas with technologies as available during 1960 and 70’s. Thus the energy consumptions are much higher as compared to modern plants. As the technologies have become obsolete, availability of spares for maintenance and replacement of the machineries/equipments is becoming increasingly difficult. The machines being old, the frequency and degree of maintenance is also high.

2. Vision/ Mission

To be a significant producer of nitrogenous fertilizer in an efficient, economical and environment friendly manner and provide a package of agricultural services in Eastern India.

3. Industrial/ Business Operations

a. Financial Performance (Rs. Cr.)

Parameters

2018-19

2019-20              (Unaudited)

2020-21 (Projected)

Total Income

476.83

337.91

341.71

Profit before Tax (+/-)

(-) 63.15

(-) 129.83

(-) 108.17

Net Profit (+/-)

(-) 63.15

(-) 129.83

(-) 108.17

Dividend

0

0

0

Net Worth

16.17

(-) 113.66

(-) 221.83

 

Physical performance In MT 

Product

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21 (Projected)

Urea – Namrup-II

57712

46087

12500

Urea – Namrup-III

228603

109905

207500

Urea - Total

286315

155992

220000

b. Production & Sales of Bio-Fertilizer & Vermi Compost

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Quantity in MT

FY Year

Bio-Fertilizers

Vermi Compost

City Compost

Production

Sale

Production

Sale

Sale

2015-16

17.962

16.56

71.01

99.729

0

2016-17

25.47

18.50

68.42

62.168

0

2017-18

35.75

42.01

91.37

87.189

120

2018-19

44.238

44.87

94.741

99.60

168

2019-20

38.53

29.60

83.86

64.73

565

4. Performance Highlights:

(a)    Due to two successive major failures in Namrup-II plants, for which the plant continued to remain under shutdown w.e.f. 06.01.2020 till date.
(b)    Performance of Namrup-III plants has hampered due to repeated failure of Urea Reactor liner leakage. 
(c)    These problems has caused huge loss in urea production, which resulted in unprecedented financial crisis and even to arrange for the regular working capital was a huge challenge.
(d)    The existing two Ammonia Urea units are more that about 40 years old and having a very small capacity compared to present day standard capacity, fund generation was not sufficient. This has compelled the Company to reduce the expenditure to minimum and the expenditure which is essential to operate the plants safely and steadily, is being incurred only. However, the Company is adopting cost cutting and cost control measures and efforts are on to further optimise the expenditure incurred by the Company.

5. New Initiatives:

Due to delay/non-availability of career material like Lignite, Half burnt Rice Husk etc. for production of solid Bio Fertilizers causing production loss/delay, particularly due to various difficulties in post COVID-19 restrictions, decision has been taken to start producing Liquid Bio Fertilizers at the earliest. This will ensure increased Bio Fertilizer production which will not require any career material. Production of liquid Bio Fertilizer shall commence immediately after the receipt of the packing HDPE bottles and sealing machine. This is in line with the GoI initiative to promote organic fertilizers with the aim to reduce Urea consumption, resulting atmanirbharta in Urea production and soil upgradation.

6. Human Resource Management (Manpower as on 01.09.2020)

Group

Total

Employees

Number of Employees belonging to

SC

ST

Ex. Serviceman

Physically Handicapped

OBC

A

264

23

24

0

0

76

B

179

10

34

0

0

67

C

79

7

12

0

1

26

D

15

4

2

0

0

8

Total

537

44

72

0

1

177

7. Trading of BVFCL in FY 2019-20

The company is continuing the trading activities of Sale of City Compost, Sale of SSP etc. for agricultural products to help farmers so that all Agro products are available under one roof (Single Window Concept). During the year 2019-20, the following trading activities were done:

Sl. No.

Suppliers' Name

Quantity (MT)

1

Urea - M/s National Fertilizer Ltd                      

43148.07

2

DAP - M/s National Fertilizer Ltd                    

1212.20

3

MOP - M/s Indian Potash Ltd                         

5306.20

4

MOP - M/s Paradeep Phosphates Ltd                         

3370.00

5

Rock Phosphate - M/s Hanusita & Sons      

2535.00

6

SSP - M/s Khaitan Chemical & Fertilizer Ltd                  

2647.35

7

SSP - M/s Progressive Fertichem Pvt Ltd                        

7585.00

8

City Compost                      

565.00

Total

66368.82

8. Public Grievances redressal and Welfare Measures:

Welfare of Minorities

BVFCL is taking due care of minorities at the time of recruitment, promotions etc. A representative of the minority community is also included in the Selection Committee for recruitment and promotion.

Welfare, Development and Empowerment of Women

BVFCL lays emphasis in development of employees without any gender discrimination. Emphasis is given on employing women and many women candidates have been recruited in recent past. A Complaints Committee under the Chairmanship of a lady officer has been constituted to look into any complaint of sexual harassment of women employees at the workplace. There has been no discrimination against any woman at any point of time. The women employees of BVFCL are also given external training on Women Empowerment for Organizational Excellence for their development.

Welfare of SCs & STs

The matter of employment of persons belonging to SC & ST category is taken care at the time of recruitment and promotions. The Company has been following the guidelines/ orders issued by the Government of India from time to time in the matter of reservation in services for SCs and STs. Candidates belonging to SC and ST are fully exempted from payment of fee while applying for any post in the Corporation. However, they are required to pay a fee as processing fees. The Corporation is having one SC/ST/OBC Cell under the Liaison Officer, who initiates necessary action to settle the grievances of the employees belonging to SC/ST community on priority basis and in consultation with SC/ST Associations. 

Recruitment and Training

Recruitment:

Trainees engaged during the year 2019-20: 1 No. Officer & 26 Nos. workmen were appointed as regular employees and 9 Nos. Operator. Efforts are being made to fill up the vacancies at middle /senior executive Level and intake level of workmen cadres.

Training: 

For employees at BVFCL, continuous effort for improved performance of employees is made through in-house training both in the plant and through classroom lectures. In spite of limitations on fronts like fund and training resources, BVFCL works out training need assessment based on the yearly feedback on performance from the departments. Further extensive training need survey is carried out periodically based on the analysis of the educational qualification, training imparted during the induction period, subsequent on the job exposure, summarized feedback on performance and interviews. Keeping in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, employees have been taking part in the online training programmes through webinars, video-conferences etc.

Further, BVFCL has been engaging apprentices through National Apprenticeship Training Scheme (NATS) portal introduced by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and National Apprentice Promotion Scheme (NAPS) portal under Ministry of Skill Development (MSDE), Government of India. 
Apart from engaging 13 Nos. apprentices through the NAPS portal, BVFCL has engaged 6 Nos. CMA trainees as on date, as well as many Vocational Trainees for exposure to actual industrial environment. 
BVFCL has also executed an agreement with a near-by ITI for imparting Industrial Training to the students as a part of skill development of the youths.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development:

In view of having accumulated loss to the Company, the Company is exempted from spending for CSR purpose. However, BVFCL voluntarily undertakes various welfare schemes for its employees and a host of measures, limited to the surrounding areas within 8 kms radius. 

Briefly they comprise of the following:

(a)    Corporation is running one Higher Secondary School, one Kendriya Vidyalaya and one Model High School(English Medium)  besides one Primary School. The Corporation extended its patronage earlier for establishment of Namrup College, one B.Ed College for higher education and establishment of a State Dispensary at Namrup. BVFCL also extends its helping hand to a Junior College and one Assamese medium school, by providing accommodations within the colony area at concessional rate. 

(b)    One hospital with modern equipments is available to extend medical facilities to employees & their dependents. Nearby people of the localities and contract workers are also provided treatment at nominal fee. 

(c)    The Corporation also extends facilities to the public of Namrup and adjoining areas like Drinking Water Facilities, Market, accommodation for Telephone Exchange, Post Office, Employment Exchange and Civil Defence Office etc.

(d)    In order to maintain the total socio-cultural harmony of the locality, time to time financial assistance are extended to the nearby educational and social institutions from the Special Welfare Fund while steps taken for giving meritorious awards  to the employee’s wards in recognition of their brilliant academic performance from Employees’ Amenities Fund.

(e)    During the Swachhta Pakhwada 2020, some awareness programmes were undertaken for the employees of BVFCL as well as the residents of its locality and cleanliness drive were initiated at all offices, public buildings, hospital & guest house of BVFCL, daily markets, play grounds and public road sides in BVFCL township. Further, webinar on “Plastic Waste Management” and Video Conference with fertilizer dealers and marketing offices for the dissemination of information on Swachhta/ Plastic Waste and promotion of Bio/Organic Fertilizers/City Compost were also been arranged.

9. Initiative towards Atmanirbhar Bharat:

The Company is immensely contributing to Atmanirbhar Bharat by producing indigenous urea by running two very old designed plants of 1960’s and 1970’s at a very low production cost. The plant is using only APM Natural Gas from the near-by wells and thereby ensuring no dependence on imported LNG/RLNG etc. Moreover, as the plants are very old, so most of the spares are now procured from indigenous sources by developing local vendors for the same.

During the FY 2019-20, the Company has used only cheap Natural Gas available from the near-by fields and not used any LNG/RLNG or other imported feedstock. Inspite of the plants surpassing their effective life and troubled with frequent failures, Rs.210 Cr has been saved in foreign exchange in 2018-19 by producing indigenous cheap urea using local Natural Gas, which would have to be imported otherwise to meet the shortfall in Urea.

10.    Establishment of a new Project of standard capacity:

The Namrup-IV project is proposed to be located within the existing premises of BVFCL and no land acquisition is involved. Ready developed land is available with excellent road and rail connectivity. The existing dedicated Natural Gas pipeline can be used for the proposed Namrup-IV plant.