ISLAMABAD - While showing concerns over the continued gas curtailment, the fertilizer industry has underscored the need for restoration of full gas supply to the industry at the earliest as it had affected the production of urea. They raised the issue in a meeting on fertilizers held here on Tuesday, which was chaired by Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Federal Minister for Industries and Production. The meeting was informed that the urea off-take was expected to be around 3.0 million tons in Rabi in 2010-11 (Oct 2010 to March 2011) and opening balance is 0.835 million tons while production would be around 2.6 million tons as such total stocks of 3.5 million tons were available against an expected off-take of 3 million tons and were ample for Rabi. As regards DAP, 1.6 million tons were available and 0.6 million tons off-take was anticipated. It was decided that there were sufficient stocks for Rabi as presented by MINFA. The meeting also reviewed the position of urea distribution to the flood affected growers. It was informed by NFML that the urea stocks were already being dispatched to Punjab flood-affected growers while Sindh and Baloachistan were requested to send their urea requirement for flood-affected areas at the earliest to ensure that urea was available for Rabi sowing in time. The meeting was attended by Secretary Industries and Production, Additional Secretary Food and Agriculture, Additional Secretary Industries and Production, Chairman NFC, MD NFML, Secretary Agriculture Sindh, DG Agriculture Extension Services Punjab, KPK and Balochistan. Senior officers of Finance Division and Planning Commission and representatives of the fertilizer industry attended the meeting.