India’s mineral output rises 8% in April 2022; doubles the growth in March 2022

India’s mineral production rose by 7.8 per cent in April 2022 over the same month a year ago. The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month stood at 116, which was 7.8 per cent higher as compared to the level in April last year, the mines ministry said in a statement.

As per the provisional figures of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), production level of important minerals in April includes coal at 665 lakh tonnes, lignite 40 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) 2,748 million cubic metre, petroleum (crude) 25 lakh tonnes and bauxite 2,054 thousand tonnes.

Manganese ore, coal, lignite, bauxite and phosphorite were some of the minerals that showed positive growth in April.

The production of other important minerals showing negative growth included petroleum (crude), limestone, copper concentrate, iron ore, lead concentrate, chromite and gold.

Last month in March, India’s mineral production grew a modest growth of 4% year-on-year, as output of major minerals such as coal, bauxite, crude oil had slipped marginally during the month. Production of iron ore, natural gas and zinc concentrates rose.

According to a ministry of mines, the index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for March 2022 (Base: 2011-12=100) was at 144.6, up 4% on year. As per the provisional figures of the Indian Bureau of Mines, cumulative growth during April- March 2021-22 was at 12.2%.

Production of important minerals during the month was as follows – coal 958 lakh tonnes, lignite 60 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) 2813 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 25 lakh tonne, bauxite 2031 thousand tonne. The production of important minerals showing positive year-on-year growth during March included iron Ore (19.2%), phosphorite (17.4%), lignite (16.2%), gold (13.8%), zinc concentrates (10.9%), natural gas (U) (7.6%), and magnesite (6.3%).

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