Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, D.V. Sadananda Gowda said that India will become self-reliant in fertiliser production by 2023 under the “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” programme. The promise comes as new fertilizer manufacturing units are being set up with an investment of Rs 40,000 crore in the country to reduce dependency on imports.
Gowda was addressing a webinar on “Self-Reliant India and Sustainable Agriculture” organized by IFFCO for the farmers of Karnataka. He said that according to the Prime Minister’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat vision to promote indigenous industries, the government is converting all the fertilizer companies to gas-based technology. He added that recently four urea plants in Ramagundam, Sindhri, Barauni and Gorakhpur have been revived. The minister stated that by 2023, India should become self-sufficient in the production of fertilizers.
The Union Minister said that the government is encouraging the production of nano fertilizers in the country. The reason for it being that these fertilizers are 25-30 per cent cheaper, give an 18-20 per cent higher yield and keep the soil in good health. He praised IFFCO’s Nano experiment by calling it a “game-changer”. He further lauded IFFCO for not only continuing the distribution of fertilizers during the pandemic but also distributing masks and other safety gear to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
Gowda also informed that the 12,000 farmers and agricultural universities who were provided with the nano fertilizers have given a positive response. He emphasized cautious use of urea and suggested to use the chemical according to farmer’s soil’s health cards.
More than 1500 farmers took part in the seminar through Zoom call. Managing Director IFFCO, US Awasthi, Marketing Director Yogendra Kumar, IFFCO Karnataka, agriculture scientists from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore were some of the important dignitaries present for the meeting.