· Generation of fines considerably depends on the nature of the ore, mining operations and handling systems. Particularly in Ukwa and Balaghat mines, the nature of ore is friable and generation of fines is considerable and is to the tune of 14% and 12% respectively. The percentage of manganese varies from 3035% in the fines.
Ferrous minerals are produced from some 32 mines and 23 ferroalloys smelters. Over the last decade, increasing portions of the production of chrome, manganese and vanadium ore have been processed to valueadded alloys in line with the drive for beneficiation, whereas the bulk of growth in iron ore production has been exported. Copper