Nagpur, Nov 14: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari suggested that urine bank be set up everywhere in the country so that urea could be produced in abundance and fertilizer import can be minimized.

Gadkari told TOI that he was working with Swedish scientists to materialise his plan.  He said that human urine contains nitrogen that gets wasted.

He said converting waste into wealth was his passion and making use of the urea was not a bad idea. He added that that organic substitutes of phosphorous and potassium were already available.

“Human urine contains a lot of nitrogen. But this is wasted. Since converting waste into wealth is my passion, I feel there is no harm in trying the idea. We already have organic substitutes for phosphorous and potassium. If we could add nitrogen, it could make an ideal plant booster,” TOI quoted him as saying.

He said that farmers would bring their urine in 10-litre plastic bottles to taluka centres. The cans would be provided by the government and farmers will get Re 1 per litre. Urine will be distilled to make it pure. Then it could act as a soluble fertilizer. He said initial trial would be conducted in his home village Dhapewada village near Nagpur.