What is Nano Urea?

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Overview:

India will replace the consumption of 2.5 million tonnes (mt) of conventional urea with nano urea in FY24, the union chemicals and fertilizers minister said at a press conference recently.

About Nano Urea

  • It is a nanotechnology-based revolutionary Agri-input that provides nitrogen to plants.
  • It is developed and patented by the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO).
  • IFFCO Nano Urea is the only nano fertilizer approved by the Government of India and included in the Fertilizer Control Order (FCO).
  • Features:
    • Compared to conventional urea prill, Nano Urea has a desirable particle size of about 20-50 nm, and more surface area (10,000 times over 1 mm urea prill), and number of particles (55,000 nitrogen particles over 1 mm urea prill).
    • It contains 4.0 % total nitrogen (w/v).
  • Benefits:
    • It is produced by an energy-efficient, environment-friendly production process with less carbon footprints.
    • Increased availability to crops by more than 80%, resulting in higher nutrient use efficiency.
    • It is expected to improve crop productivity, soil health, and nutritional quality of produce and address the "imbalanced and excessive use" of conventional fertilizer.

Q1) What is Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)

IFFCO is India’s largest multi-state cooperative society that is entirely owned by Indian cooperatives and its headquarter is based in New Delhi, India. It was founded in 1967 with 57 members and has now become one of the biggest co-op and the largest fertiliser manufacturer in the country.

Source: India to replace 2.5 million tonnes of conventional urea with nano urea in FY24, minister says