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Neem-coated truth: Urea policy isn't a game-changer

The policy mandating urea manufacturers to produce neem-coated fertiliser is unlikely to solve the fiscal challenge confronting the government and the industry

Neem-coated truth: Urea policy isn't a game-changer

In January last year, the government made it mandatory for urea manufacturers to produce neem-coated urea up to a minimum of 75 per cent of their total production of subsidised urea, from 35 per cent earlier, and allowed them to go up to 100 per cent. This, government officials suggested, would be a game-changer. So much so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi included a mention of this policy in his Independence Day address. But can this initiative really make a radical difference? With just one year since the policy came into play, it may be too early to judge. "We will need at least ...