Mr Sunil Gupta, Vice President (Marketing) of Paradeep Phosphates Limited, Mr Sunil Gupta, Vice President (Marketing) of Paradeep Phosphates Limited, has been unanimously elected as the Chairman of Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Eastern Region in a meeting organized by Fertiliser Association of India on 27th April, 2012, which was attended by senior officials of all fertilizer companies operating in Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and other Eastern States. Mr. Gupta expressed his gratitude to all members companies for electing him as the Chairman. In his welcome address he stated that although India has been recognized as a fertilizer giant in the world, Eastern Region of India has its own problems. Against all India average fertiliser consumption of 144 kgs per hectare, the average consumption of Eastern Region is 114kgs and per hectare consumption of State like Odisha is 60kgs only. Therefore, all companies should jointly work together for bringing Eastern zone to touch national level. He also mentioned that in the current years budget 1000 cr. has been sanctioned for ushering in second green revolution in eastern zone for which we should be geared up. He emphasized the role of fertilizer industry for supplying right fertilizer at right time and right price. He also touched upon important key issues like balanced fertilization prompt release of subsidy amount, smooth operation of mobile fertilizer monitoring system, farmer’s education and restoration of soil health. He cited the example of Paradeep Phosphates Limited where a Farmers Training School and 6 soil testing vans are operating in PPP mode for the benefit of farmers. Mr. Y S N Murthy proposed a vote of thanks seeking the cooperation of all fertilizer companies.