Government approves nano liquid DAP fertilizer for benefits of farmers

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Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on 5 March said the government has approved the launch of nano liquid DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) fertilizer for the benefits of farmers and making the country self-reliant.

An overview of the news

  • Fertilizer cooperative IFFCO, which is set to launch Nano Liquid Urea in 2021, also announced that the government has approved the launch of its Nano DAP fertilizer.

  • One bottle will be equivalent to one bag of DAP, which costs Rs 1,350.

  • IFFCO is also planning to launch Nano-Potash, Nano-Zinc and Nano-Copper fertilizers.

  • In June 2021, IFFCO launched Nano Urea in liquid form as an alternative to conventional urea.

  • It has set up several manufacturing plants in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to produce Nano Urea.

  • There is no government subsidy on Nano Urea and it is being sold at Rs 240 per bottle.

What is Liquid Nano Urea (LNU)?

  • Nano urea is a liquid form of nitrogen providing plant nutrient as a conventional alternative to urea.

  • It has been developed in place of conventional urea and has the potential to reduce the requirement of conventional urea by at least 50 percent.

  • One 500 ml bottle contains 40,000 mg/l nitrogen, which can provide nitrogen nutrients equivalent to one bag/sack of normal urea.

  • The effectiveness of Nano Urea Liquid is more than 80%.

  • Its use has been found to increase the yield by about 8%.

  • Its aim is to reduce farmers’ dependence on packaged urea.

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