A BJP MP on Thursday suggested that cow urine mixed with neem leaves can be a better insecticide than the chemical ones.
During a discussion on the country’s agrarian crisis in Rajya Sabha, Nand Kumar Sai said farmers were well-off earlier and happy with the yield because they used manure for cultivation and they should go back to that practice. He said with the rise in the use of chemical fertilisers, the quality of produce has come down and farmers are committing suicide.
“Why can’t we use gomutra (cow urine) and mix it with neem leaves in place of insecticides now? Farmers would not commit suicide earlier even if there was famine, but they are doing it now,” he said.
Sai suggested encouraging rearing cows for both milk and manure, saying it would stop production and sale of artificial and adulterated milk-related products. Some members also suggested that farmers above the age of 60 should get pension. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien endorsed it, saying, “That is a very genuine demand.”
During the debate, the government informed the House that a new agri insurance scheme will be brought in the current financial year to address problems being faced by the farmers.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the government would bring new guidelines for the proposed agri insurance scheme and clarified revised guidelines in this regard by the previous government will not be implemented.