Context: Sagarika, Nano Zinc and Nano Copper have been introduced by the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) to reduce farmers’ expenses on fertilizers by half.
Sagarika a seaweed extract (28% w/w) based growth promoting product is derived from the sap of red & brown algae. It works as a metabolic bio enhancer, stimulates internal growth and development processes in plants. It contains inherent nutrients, vitamins, plant growth hormones like auxin, cytokinin, gibberellins, betaines, mannitol etc. It is available in Liquid and Granular form for application in different crops as soil, root treatment, drip and foliar application etc.
Nano zinc is developed as an alternative to the currently used Zinc fertilizers and only 10 gm of this product would be sufficient for a hectare of land.
Nano Copper boosts the plants immunity against harmful pathogens and helps increase the activity of plant growth hormone.
These Nano-products include reduction in the requirement of conventional chemical fertilizer by 50%; upto 15-30% increase in crop production; improvement in soil health; reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases.