National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) with Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) for ‘transfer of technology’ of a revolutionary and game changer fertiliser Nano Urea Liquid 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 of nano urea to farmers of the country. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilisers and Health & Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya said that signing of these MoUs showed the government’s commitment towards serving the interest of ‘Annadata’ (farmers) of the country and making the country ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) in fertilisers.
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 to start commercial production of nano urea.”
The minister said that there was an imbalanced use of fertilisers in India. This is deteriorating the soil health. Imbalanced use is also causing water pollution and air pollution. Nano urea is a revolutionary product which will help in solving these problems by reducing the use of urea by upto 50 percent. Nano urea being an eco-friendly product would protect the health of the soil.
Emphasising the financial aspect of the nano urea, Mandaviya said that apart from direct savings, transportation cost would also come down. The storage of nano urea would also be easy for the farmers. Direct financial savings, reduction in transportation cost and better production would increase the income of the farmers. Nano urea would also reduce the import of conventional urea in India.
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 would see its positive effect and the sooner we would be able to move towards ‘complete aatmanirbharta’ (self reliance) 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 25th July, 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. Other government companies working in the field of fertiliser should also be involved in this work. Today it is a matter of pleasure for me that today MoU was signed by IFFCO with NFL and RCF for Technology Transfer of nano urea. In the interest of the country, this technology transfer is being done by IFFCO without any royalty. IFFCO should be commended for this. These MoUs would increase the production of urea in the coming days. All three organisations 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.”
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Bhagwanth Khuba and senior officials of the ministry were also present while signing the MoUs.