Inaugurating the Nano Urea (Liquid) Plant constructed at IFFCO, Kalol today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the power of a full sack of urea (45 kg) has come into a half-litre bottle, leading to huge savings in transportation and storage.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of Gujarat farmers, PM Modi said the plant will produce about 1.5 lakh bottles of 500 ml per day and 8 more such plants will be established in the country in the coming days.
"This will reduce foreign dependence with regard to urea and will save the country's money. I am confident that this innovation will not remain confined to urea. In the future other nano fertilizers will be available to our farmers”, he said.
PM Modi also said Pujya Bapu and Sardar Patel showed us the way for bringing self-sufficiency to villages. Along those lines, today we are moving ahead on the path of developing a model cooperative village. Six villages in Gujarat have been chosen where all the cooperative-related activities would be implemented, he added.
The Prime Minister highlighted the achievement of the government in enhancing the availability of fertilisers in the country.
He said that after the formation of the government in 2014, 100% neem coating of urea had been achieved which ensured that the country's farmers got enough urea.
Simultaneously, the work of restarting five closed fertilizer factories in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Telangana was initiated. UP and Telangana factories have already started production, and the other three factories also will soon start working, he explained..
Talking about the import dependence with regard to urea and phosphate and potash-based fertilizers the Prime Minister dwelled on high prices and lack of availability in the global market due to the pandemic and war.
The Prime Minister said that the government was sensitive to the problems of the farmers and had decided not to pass on the increased cost to them. A bag of urea costing Rs 3500 is made available to the farmer for Rs 300 while the government bears Rs 3200 per bag. Similarly on a bag of DAP government bears Rs 2500 as opposed to Rs 500 borne by the earlier governments.
The Union Government gave a subsidy of Rs 1,60,000 crores last year while this year this subsidy is going to be more than Rs 2 lakh crore, the Prime Minister informed.
He said the government would do whatever was necessary for the interest of the farmers of the country and continue to strengthen them.
The Prime Minister said that in the last 8 years, the government has worked on both the immediate and long-term solutions to the problems being faced by the country.
He cited solutions like improving health infrastructure to deal with any further pandemic shock, Mission Oil Palm to tackle edible oil problems, bio-fuel and hydrogen fuel to handle oil problems, natural farming, and nanotechnology push are also results of this approach.
Emphasis on Co-operatives
Similarly, he said, there is a solution to many of India's difficulties in self-reliance. He cited co-operatives as a great model of self-reliance.
The Prime Minister said Gujarat was also fortunate because we got the leadership of Pujya Bapu and Sardar Saheb. Sardar Saheb did the work of bringing down the path shown by revered Bapu to self-help through cooperation. The example of the cooperative model of the dairy sector is before us. Today India is the largest milk producer in the world among which Gujarat has a major share. The dairy sector is also growing rapidly in the last few years and is also contributing more to the rural economy. In Gujarat, milk-based industries were widely spread because the restrictions on the part of the government were minimal in this. The government plays the role of only a facilitator here, the rest is either done by cooperatives or farmers, he added.
The Prime Minister informed that the Government is continuously moving forward to connect the spirit of cooperation with the spirit of the Amrit Kaal. With this objective, a separate ministry for cooperatives was formed at the centre. He added that efforts are being made to encourage a cooperative-based economic model in the country.
“The greatest strength of cooperatives is the faith, cooperation, and enhancing the capability of the organization with collective strength. This is the guarantee of India’s success during the Amrit Kaal”, he added.