The Maharashtra government has a solution for farmers crisis: Human urine. The government is working on preparing a new policy on organic farming, which will include the usage of human urine along with cow dung to prepare fertilisers to be used in rural farms, reports Mid-Day.
Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse said that the human urine could be sourced from multiplexes in Mumbai, where people, in large numbers, relieve themselves during the interval.
“We can collect this urine in bulk and then transport it for use for the purpose of farming in rural areas.”
Khadse claims that this policy is based on a successful study. He said that an experiment on the same lines had been carried out at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, an agricultural university at Ahmednagar district, at the government’s behest.
The state policy, which is in the pipeline, will declare a 35 per cent subsidy to farmers who will opt for this method of organic farming over the use of conventional fertilisers. The policy will also give subsidies to farmers for building cowsheds and collecting human urine, cow urine, dung and converting them into fertilisers.
Recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had revealed that he urinated on the plants in his garden to make them grow bigger and that he stored his urine in a 50-litre can for the purpose. Khadse defended Gadkari:
“There was nothing wrong in what Gadkari had said, and neither was it a revelation. The use of human urine has benefited farming, since it (urine) has more nutrients. Even our own experiments in the universities have proved the same.”