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Does organic farming impact fertiliser industry?

The demand of organic food is growing due to being chemical free and safer for human health

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Government of India has been promoting balanced and judicious use of fertiliser in conjunction with organic fertiliser, bio-fertiliser on soil test based recommendations. All India consumption of major fertilizers namely Urea, Diammonium Phosphate (DAP), Muriate of Potash (MOP), Complexes and Single Superphosphate (SSP), during the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 was 536.11 lakh metric tonnes (LMT), 543.83 LMT and 562.09 LMT respectively. The consumption of fertiliser depends on many factors namely, soil fertility, availability of moisture in soil among some other factors. Further, overall area under organic farming in the country in comparison to the gross cropped area is very less hence would not impact the chemical fertiliser industry though requirement of bio-fertiliser would grow.

The demand of organic food is growing due to being chemical free and hence more safe for human health. In order to encourage the use of organic and bio-fertilisers, Government of India has been promoting organic farming under two dedicated schemes namely Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) and Parampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) since 2015 through state governments.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha.

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