India’s mineral production up in June 2009
The mineral production from mining and quarrying sector in June 2009 was higher by 0.07% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 7.27% during the current financial year i.e. April-June 2009-10 as compared to that of the previous year. The mineral production in June 2009 was higher by 15.47% as compared to that of the corresponding month of previous year.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during June 2009 was Rs. 8803 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs. 3158 crore (36%). Next in the order of importance were: iron ore Rs. 1980 crore, petroleum (crude) Rs. 1533 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1081 crore, lignite Rs. 254 crore and limestone Rs. 214 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 93% of the total value of mineral production in June 2009
Production level of important minerals in June 2009 were: coal 397 lakh tonnes, lignite 31 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 3472 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 28 lakh tonnes, bauxite 989 thousand tonnes, chromite 381 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 8 thousand tonnes, gold 164 kg., iron ore 190 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 12 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 182 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 112 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 135 thousand tonnes, dolomite 381 thousand tonnes, limestone 182 lakh tonnes and magnesite 24 thousand tonnes.
In June 2009, the output of gold increased by 25.19%, chromite 24.75%, lead conc. 18.38%, zinc conc. 15.33%, copper conc. 10.73%, magnesite 10.28% natural gas (utilized) 4.99%, and dolomite 2.39%. However the production of limestone decreased by 0.94%, petroleum (crude) 1.08%, coal 2.38%, iron ore 3.93% lignite 5.47%, apatite & phosphorite 5.57%, manganese ore 6.6% and bauxite 14.91%.