Organic farming is the new mantra, progressive farmers in Gujarat have already embraced it: PM Modi

India’s heavy reliance on foreign countries for fertilizer is a cause for concern, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a cooperative sector seminar in Gandhinagar on Saturday, urging farmers to adopt the Organic Agriculture. He also inaugurated a nano-urea plant in Gujarat, adding that eight such plants will be installed in other parts of the country in the near future.

The Prime Minister said the government had provided a subsidy of Rs 1.60,000 crore for fertilizers in a year. He added that aid worth Rs 2,00,000 crore had been given to the farmers.

“We are heavily dependent on other countries for fertilizers. About 25% of our total urea needs come from outside. For potash and phosphate, it’s 100%. Prices had increased in the recent past. Now the war (in Ukraine) has broken out. International markets are volatile, our dependence is high. But our government has decided that we will face challenges, but not let them affect farmers. We have not allowed any major fertilizer crisis in India,” he said.

Giving the example of urea, he said the actual cost of a bag of urea is Rs 3,500 but the same bag is given to farmers at Rs 300. “More than Rs 3,200 (per bag ) are the responsibility of the government,” he said. said.

Urging farmers to embrace organic farming, Modi said, “Can we afford to keep our farmers heavily dependent on foreign fertilizers? Shouldn’t we find a solution to this? Governments have also faced this situation before. But the solutions were short term.

“Over the past eight years, we have worked on long-term and short-term solutions. Biofuel, green hydrogen, nanofuel, organic farming – it’s all part of the permanent solution. Gujarat farmers are progressive, willing to take risks. Here the farmers started their journey towards organic farming.

Talking about the initiative to restart factories that manufacture fertilizers, he said efforts were being made in Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.

The Prime Minister also remotely inaugurated a nano urea plant in Kalol. He said such factories would greatly reduce the woes of farmers. “When a farmer goes to get urea, what happens? Imagine that the power of a bag of urea is concentrated in a small bottle. This will reduce transportation costs. It is such a blessing for small farmers. The modern factory in Kalol has the capacity to manufacture 1.5 lakh bottles. Eight factories of this type will soon see the light of day across the country. This will reduce the country’s dependence on other countries for fertilizer,” he said.

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