The Government recently approved the launch of nano liquid DAP (di-ammonium phosphate) fertiliser in India and has been notified in the Fertiliser Control Order (FCO).


About nano liquid DAP fertiliser

  • It is a concentrated phosphate-based fertiliser.
  • It provides phosphorous nutrition throughout the crop growth and development cycle.
  • Nano-DAP is jointly manufactured by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) in association with a private player Coromandel.
  • Nano-DAP will be sold at Rs 600 per bottle of 500 ml. One bottle will be equivalent to one bag of DAP, which currently costs Rs 1,350.
  • Expected benefits —
      • DAP is the second most consumed fertiliser in the country after urea.
      • Out of the estimated annual consumption of around 10-12.5 million tonnes, local production is around 4-5 million tonnes, while the rest has to be imported.
      • Nano-DAP will help to bring down India’s fertiliser import bill.
      • It is also expected to contribute to bringing down the annual subsidy on non-urea fertilisers.


What is Fertiliser Control Order (FCO)?

  • It has been issued under the Essential Commodities Act 1955.
  • It is administered by Department of Agriculture Cooperation, Government of India.
  • The FCO lays down —
      • what substances qualify for use as fertilisers in the soil;
      • product-wise specifications;
      • methods for sampling and analysis of fertilisers;
      • the procedure for obtaining a license/registration as a manufacturer/dealer in fertilisers;
      • conditions to be fulfilled for trading thereof.