Few weeks back I got opportunity to visit FAGMIL (FCI Aravali Gypsum & Minerals Ltd) at Jodhpur. FAGMIL is Public sector undertaking organization, setup by the Govt. of India for exploration 265 gypsum deposits with a reserve of more than 100 million tones. These Gypsum mines are scattered in vast & difficult Thar desert & are situated in Jaisalmer, Sri Ganganagar , Bikaner, & Barmer district. Mohangarh mines in Jaisalmer District has one of the best quality gypsum in Asia.
Gypsum powder is used in agriculture as a source of sulphur. Gypsum neutralises alcaline soils and improves the soil permeability and also help the penetration of water and air which are mainly prevented from circulating in alkaline soils. The major consumers of the Gypsum at present are cement industry. By weight about 4% to 6% gypsum in crushed condition is utilised in portland cement manufacture after mixing with cement/clinker. Gypsum is also used in plaster of Paris.
While returning from Jodhpur don’t forgot to enjoy famous pyaaj kachori & Mirchi bada.
Happy traveling! Good night.