DAP fertilizer production line in the plant. (Source: VNA)

Lao Cai (VNA) - A high-quality diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer plant, the second of its kind and the largest in the northwestern region, was inaugurated in Bao Thang district, the northern province of Lao Cai on November 7.

The plant, covering an area of 72 hectares in Tang Loong industrial park, was built at total cost of over 5.1 trillion VND (228.5 million USD). With a designed capacity of 330,000 tonnes of DAP fertilizer a year, the plant will help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign fertilizers with unstable prices and quality while meeting part of the export demand.

In his remarks at the inaugural ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai underscored that the plant’s operation will raise the total DAP production to 660,000 tonnes a year that meets two thirds of DAP domestic demands for agricultural production.

The plant needs to pay heed to management and production to mitigate emission and environmental pollution, he said, adding that measures to address chemical incidents must be mapped out in addition to the evaluation of the plant’s impact on the environment.

The plant has created jobs for over 300 labourers in the locality, according to Nguyen Van Vinh Secretary of the provincial Party Committee.

The DAP plant No.1 is located in Dinh Vu industrial park, northern Hai Phong city.-VNA