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Urea Gold

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Source: CNBC

 Context: Urea Gold is a new variety of urea coated with sulphur, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajasthan’s Sikar.

Aim: It is designed to address sulphur deficiencies in the soil, benefiting farmers by enhancing agricultural productivity.

 

Urea Gold is said to be better than conventional forms of Urea (including Neem coated urea)

  • Slow release: Sulphur-coated urea facilitates a gradual release of nitrogen, thereby enhancing its availability and uptake by crops.
  • Extended Life: The inclusion of humic acid in Urea Gold further extends its lifespan as a fertilizer.
  • Reduces overall fertilizer usage: According to the report, 15 kg of Urea Gold provides comparable benefits to 20 kg of conventional urea, making it a more efficient and effective choice for farmers.

 

About Urea:

The main function of Urea fertilizer (40% of Nitrogen content) is to provide the plants with nitrogen to promote green leafy growth. It also aids the photosynthesis process of plants. Since urea fertilizer can provide only nitrogen and not phosphorus or potassium, it’s primarily used for bloom growth.