Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda addresses a webinar on Self-Reliant India and Sustainable Agriculture. Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited organized it for the farmers of Karnataka. (Credit: PIB Delhi)

India will be self-reliant in the production of fertilizers by 2023: Union Minister Gowda

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda said, by 2023, India will be self-reliant in fertilizer production. He was confident because, under the Aatm-Nirbhar Bharat program, new fertilizer manufacturing units are being set up. An investment of Rs 40 thousand crores is assigned in the country to reduce dependency on imports.

Gowda was addressing a webinar on Self-Reliant India and Sustainable Agriculture. Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited organized it for the farmers of Karnataka. He said, “As per the Prime Minister’s Aatm-Nirbhar Bharat vision to promote Indigenous industries, we are converting all fertilizer companies to gas-based technology. We have recently revived four urea plants (Ramagundam, Sindhri, Barouni, and Gorakhpur) in India. By 2023, we should become self — sufficient in the production of Fertilizers.”

Gowda informed that the Government is encouraging the production of organic and Nano fertilizers in the country. They are 25 to 30 percent cheaper and give 18 to 35 percent higher yield while keeping the soil healthy. He lauded the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited’s nano experiment and called it a game-changer. He said that Nano fertilizers were distributed freely to 12 thousand farmers and received positive feedback from agriculture universities.

Gowda asked farmers to use urea thoughtfully as its excessive use might spoil the soil health. He advised them to use fertilizers according to their soil health cards.

He praised the efforts of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited during the COVID-19 pandemic period. The organization did not only keep a regular supply of fertilizers but also organized campaigns by distributing masks, sanitizers, and hand gloves to combat the spread of the disease. He also thanked other fertilizer companies and the Railway department for playing an essential role in the timely supply of fertilizer during the pandemic period. More than 1500 farmers from Karnataka participated in the Webinar through zoom. Many eminent dignitaries were also present.

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