The backward Bundelkhand region holds hope yet again to the State Government. It has, for the first time, provided evidence of its rocks containing a rare chemical element and one of the best crop nutrients—the potash.
After months of regional surveys and studies, the Department of Geology and Minerals has discovered the rocks at Karvi in the Banda district of Bundelkhand laced with layers of potash (K2).The department is now planning giving mining contract to a company that could mine potash and do related activities for commercial purpose.
This is for the first time that potash widely used as an important component in fertilizers and in production of many other things, has been found in the State. Over 150 countries are said to be using potash but only a dozen of them produce it, Canada being the top producer.
“Yes, we have found an evidence of presence of potash in Karvi rocks in the Banda district,” a senior official of the Mining Department told the Hindustan Times. He said the sample studies had suggested presence of 6 per cent of K2 or potah in rocks there. “We hope this will decrease our dependence on other countries like Jordan, the main exporter, for import of potash, to some extent,” he pointed out.
Now, many companies including one based in Jodhpur have started vying with one another to get the contract to mine and process potash in the region. “We will soon invite tenders to select an eligible company to do the job,” said another official.
This is for the first time that reserve of potash widely used as an important component in fertilizers and in production of many other things, has been found in the State. Over 150 countries are said to be using potash but only a dozen of them produce them, Canada being the top producer. Country at present imports potash mainly from Jordan.