A BJP MP today sought in-depth research on cow urine to examine whether it can be used as organic manure to boost agricultural productivity. Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on Demand for Grants for the Agriculture Ministry, Sumedhanand Saraswati strongly urged the government to promote extensive use of organic manure by farmers to protect the soil quality from negative effects of chemical fertilisers. In this context, the MP from Sikar constituency in Rajasthan said serious research should be carried out to find out whether cow urine could be used as organic manure and whether it could enhance the agricultural productivity. Cow dung is used as an organic manure by farmers in various parts of the country. Saraswati said it is time to check whether cow urine can enhance agricultural yield. In November, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik had said government labs have undertaken research on cow urine to identify the anti-infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients present in them.
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