New Delhi: National Fertilisers Limited (NFL) and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) have signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) for 'transfer of technology of a revolutionary and game-changer fertiliser Nano Urea liquid fertilizer, developed by IFFCO.
MoUs and other related agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Chemicals & Fertilisers and Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Bhagwanth Khuba and senior officials of the ministry on Tuesday.
To enhance the adaptability of Nano Urea by farmers, technology transfer from IFFCO to public sector fertiliser companies will be achieved through these MoUs. This technology transfer will ramp up the production leading towards consistent supply resulting in faster adoption and would also result in more savings to farmers and government subsidies.
Under these agreements, IFFCO will transfer the technology of Liquid Nano Urea to NFL and RCF. In the near future, NFL and RCF will establish new nano urea production plants to increase the supply to farmers of the country.
Speaking on the occasion Mandaviya said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address in 2019 appealed to the farmers to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers to save mother earth. Accordingly, the Ministry has continuously worked in this direction. Nano Urea made by IFFCO has the potential to prove to be a game-changer for agriculture in the country. India has become the first country globally to start commercial production of Nano Urea."
While underlining the need for faster adaptability of nano urea, Mandaviya said that there is an imbalanced use of fertilizers in India. This is deteriorating the health of the soil. Imbalanced use is also causing water pollution and air pollution. Nano urea is a revolutionary product that will help in solving these problems by reducing the use of urea by up-to 50 percent. Nano urea being an eco-friendly product will protect the health of the soil.
Emphasizing the financial aspect of the Nano urea, Mandaviya said that apart from direct savings, transportation costs will also come down. The storage of Nano Urea will also be easy for the farmers. Direct financial savings, reduction in transportation costs, and better products will increase the income of the farmers.
Highlighting the importance of these MoUs Mandaviya said, "The biggest challenge for any game-changer technology is adoption on a larger scale by common masses. Nano urea is facing the same challenge. Nano urea is a revolutionary product, but the faster the common farmers of the country adopt it, the sooner we will see its positive effect and the sooner we will be able to move towards complete 'Aatma Nirbharta' in the agriculture sector.
Mandaviya commended the work done by IFFCO in service of the nation by making Nano Urea. He said, "I am informed that IFFCO started production of Nano Urea in June and in less than two months till July 25, IFFCO has completed the production of 8.28 lakh Nano Urea bottles and supplying it to the farmers. But for an agrarian country like India, it is necessary that the production of Nano urea should increase further".
IFFCO should be commended for this, the Minister said. "These MoUs will increase the production of urea in the coming days. All three organizations will be involved in its promotion. This will help in increasing the popularity of Nano Urea among the farmers in a short span of time and will enable farmers to adopt this new product faster," he added.