Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari swears by his unique gardening tip. It is something that he has personally tried and tested in his own garden. Using urine to fertilise plants makes them grow much bigger than usual, the minister says.
Gadkari was speaking at a workshop on sprinkle irrigation systems organised by BJP for at least 200 farmers in Nagpur on Sunday. He shared this secret tip, which he claims was an experiment that helped his plants grow one-and-a-half times bigger than usual.
"Now I have done an experiment. I feel a little awkward but I will tell you about it. Please do not misunderstand. I have done an experiment," The Telegraph quoted Gadkari as saying.
"I have a big bungalow in Delhi. It used to be madam Sonia Gandhi's bungalow. I have an acre of farm land in my compound in the bungalow. There are some crops as well as some trees there," Gadkari said.
"I collected my urine in a small plastic can. And after collecting all of it in a 50-litre can, I called the gardener and instructed him to water some plants with this. And I'm telling you, there was such a big difference, they grew one-and-a-half times bigger than other plants," he added.
He then advised the farmers to try this experiment to save money and observe the growth rate for themselves.
"I am just telling you about urine, I'm not going any further than that. This is manure. You keep a 50-litre can in your house. You can try this out. This has urea and nitrogen. And, if you water an orange tree with this, you observe its growth rate. You observe the growth and number of flowers, fruit --- this is very good manure. A penny saved is a penny earned. Being industrious and innovative is important," he continued.
His speech form the event was uploaded on YouTube by ABP's regional news channel – Marathi TV news ABP Majha.