With world’s first ‘nano urea’ by IFFCO, India enters into nano fertiliser map

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Farmers’ cooperative Iffco has put India on the nano fertiliser map, the brand new chapter in farm expertise, with its nano (liquid) urea. The new invention can radically remodel agriculture, increase farm productiveness, cut back water utilization and contamination, and slash the Centre’s fertiliser subsidy invoice. Nanotechnology allows designing ultra-small particles that supply larger surface-mass ratios, and assist in the managed supply of plant vitamins. The advantages embody the discount within the extreme use of urea, enchancment in soil well being, extra environment friendly water use, lesser wastage and decrease enter prices for farmers.

The annual consumption of urea is 30 million tonnes. Typically, a farmer makes use of two luggage per acre. Field trials present {that a} 500 ml bottle of nano urea can change one bag of typical urea, and cut back the urea requirement by 50%. The product is priced at ₹240 per 500 ml bottle with out subsidy, 10% decrease than a bag of typical urea. Today, urea costs will not be decontrolled and the federal government pays a subsidy of round ₹15,000 per tonne. If 15 million tonnes of nano urea is used as an alternative of typical urea, the financial savings in fertiliser subsidy might be round ₹22,500 crore. This means a 28% discount within the budgeted fertiliser subsidy of ₹79,530 crore in 2021-22.

A big portion of typical urea is misplaced to the ambiance or floor water our bodies, polluting the ecosystem. Nano urea is ecologically higher. Iffco claims that the nitrogen current in nano urea may increase yields by 8%, and cut back storage prices. This is welcome. Iffco ought to scale up its ambition and goal the export market as nicely, and never prohibit itself to a deliberate 15-million-tonne capability. India now has a lead position in a brand new international inexperienced revolution.

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