India’s government said on Wednesday that it will triple the fertilizers used in the country, from 3.6 million tonnes in 2019 to 5,000 million tonnes this year.
The announcement came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to the United States.
In a statement, the government said that its plan will help the country to boost its fertility to a whopping 5.3 million tonnes.
In 2018, India’s population hit 9.8 billion, but the country had a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman, making it one of the poorest in the world.
The government also said that India will have to use more fertilizers and other fertilizers will have more environmental impacts.
India produces about half the world’s fertilizers, with Brazil, China, and the United Arab Emirates accounting for a third.