KOLKATA (miningweekly.com) - The Indian minerals sector recorded negative growth of 1.3% during March, compared with the corresponding month last year.
According to data released by the Mines Ministry, the total value of minerals produced in the country during the month was $3.55-billion with coal having the highest contribution at $1.2-billion.
This was followed by iron-ore at $639.5-million, lignite at $91.10-million and limestone at $58-million.
In March 2012, the output of lead concentrate increased by 39.07%, manganese ore by 22.12%, coal by 15.42%, lignite by 14.84%, iron-ore by 12.08%, apatite and phosphorite by 7.31%, limestone by 3.20% and magnesite by 0.12%.
However, the production of copper concentrate decreased by 0.19%, gold by 0.57%, dolomite by 2.82%, zinc concentrate by 8.19%, chromite by 9.17%, bauxite by 12.31% and diamonds by 32.98%.
Production of important minerals in volume terms during March 2012 included coal at 64.7-million tons, lignite at 5.4-million tons, bauxite at 3.2-million tons, chromite at 0.36-million tons, copper concentrate at 9 000 t, gold at 173 kg, iron-ore at 15-million tons, lead concentrate at 17 000 t, manganese ore at 23.4-million tons and zinc concentrate at 11.7-million tons.