The Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar has said that the government proposes to come out with a new holistic fertiliser policy. The minister speaking at the FICCI’s 4th National Conference on Agro-chemicals 2014, in New Delhi, said that a task force of experts in the field will be constituted to frame such a policy soon. This could provide for a national platform for farmers to use bio-fertilisers. Elaborating on the theme for the conference, Agro-chemicals for Ensuring Food and Nutritional Security of the Nation, he said, “The Green Revolution of 60s and 70s was not a holistic, but a truncated revolution.” Expressing serious concern at irrational usage of fertilisers, he said, this could have an adverse affect for achieving a sustainable food and nutritional security for the nation.
Kumar said that his ministry proposes to recommend it to the Department of Agriculture for banning a pesticide which is being harmful to the bees and which was earlier banned in the USA and some other countries. He said that we need to follow global best practices even in such areas to make a paradigm shift for sustainable food and nutrition security by removing disturbing anomalies.
The minister said that the Government proposes to bring forward the pending Pesticides Management Bill, 2008 in the next Winter Session of the Parliament.
Even while calling for increased research and development in the field of bio-fertilisers, the Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers said that his ministry is following it up with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for allocating more gas to increase fertiliser production in the country. His ministry is also trying to revive the sick and closed fertiliser units in the public sector, Kumar added.
The minister called for further development in the pesticides production, which is already the 4th largest in the world, to achieve unrealised potential of the country and to further boost exports in the sector.