Indonesia launches ammonium nitrate plant to boost food self-sufficiency

Indonesia- Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Thursday inaugurated an ammonium nitrate plant on the Kalimantan island, expecting the plant would help make the Southeast Asian country self-sufficient in food. Ammonium nitrate is a chemical used as a fertilizer and in explosives. According to the president, around 21 percent of ammonium nitrate in the country is imported from overseas. Situated in Bontang in the East Kalimantan province, the new plant with an annual production capacity of 75,000 tons is jointly owned by the country's three state-owned companies, PT Pupuk Kaltim, PT Dahana and PT Kaltim Amonium Nitrat.

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