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Agriculture Ministry Adds New Fertilizers to Fertilizer Control Order to Boost Crop Health and Yield

The new addition of fertilizers signifies a significant step towards modernising India's fertiliser portfolio, ultimately fostering a more resilient and productive agricultural sector.

Shivam Dwivedi
Fertilizing the field (Representative Photo Source: Pexels)
Fertilizing the field (Representative Photo Source: Pexels)

To enhance agricultural productivity and cater to diverse crop demands, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has recently revised the Fertiliser (Inorganic, Organic, or Mixed) (Control) Order, 1985, to incorporate several new fertiliser alternatives. This strategic amendment aims to provide farmers with a broader range of options to effectively address specific soil deficiencies and promote overall plant health.

The updated schedule now includes a variety of innovative fertilisers:

  1. Dispersible Granular Sulfur: This newly introduced fertiliser offers plants a readily accessible source of sulfur, a vital nutrient crucial for plant growth.

  2. NPK, Si, Ca, Mg and NPK, Si, Ca, B Fertilisers: These multi-nutrient blends integrate nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) with additional elements such as silicon (Si), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and boron (B). These combinations can efficiently tackle specific soil deficiencies, thereby fostering healthier plant development.

  3. Sulfur with Zinc Granules: Combining sulfur with zinc, an essential micronutrient, this fertiliser option is designed to meet the nutritional requirements of various crops.

  4. Liquid Urea Ammonium Sulphate: This liquid fertiliser provides plants with a readily soluble source of nitrogen and sulfur, facilitating efficient nutrient absorption.

  5. Potassium Nitrate with Iodine: Specifically formulated to provide potassium, nitrogen, and iodine, this specialised fertiliser can potentially enhance crop nutritional quality, benefiting certain varieties.

Moreover, the amendment revises the "specifications" for nano nitrogen fertilisers, allowing for a broader spectrum of particle sizes. This modification further extends the scope for tailored fertiliser applications to suit specific crop and soil conditions.

These updates are expected to empower farmers with a more diverse arsenal of fertiliser tools, enabling them to optimally address the unique needs of their crops. By incorporating high-sulfur varieties, essential micronutrients, and tailored nutrient blends, these amendments have the potential to enhance agricultural yields, improve crop quality, and even boost the nutritional content of produce.

The inclusion of nano zinc and nano copper within the nano fertilisers category underscores the government's commitment to advancing agricultural technologies and supporting farmers in their pursuit of enhanced productivity and sustainable farming practices.

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