Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday mentioned about 4 lakh hectare has been introduced under natural farming as far as a part of a sub-scheme of the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and think-tank Niti Aayog will put together a roadmap to scale this up.
Tomar, whereas addressing a nationwide workshop on progressive agriculture right here, mentioned the necessity of the hour is to do farming that works in concord with nature, reduces the price of manufacturing, ensures good-quality produce and earnings to farmers.
Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, elements of Haryana and Gujarat are steadily adapting to natural farming. More farmers will be a part of after seeing the success tales, he mentioned.
Tomar mentioned Niti Aayog will put together a roadmap on natural farming after deliberation with farmers, scientists and agri-varsities’ vice chancellors in at present’s workshop and the ministry will transfer ahead accordingly.
He mentioned some might have “apprehension that manufacturing would possibly decline by shifting to natural farming. Such folks after seeing the success tales of natural farming will be capable to adapt simply.”
Natural farming must be promoted in areas first the place much less or no chemical compounds are utilized in farming, he added.
According to the minister, about 38 lakh hectares have been introduced under natural farming at current. About 4 lakh hectares of space is under natural farming as far as a part of a sub-scheme of the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.
A central programme is underway to certify farm fields the place no chemical compounds are in use in areas of Nicobar and Ladakh. The centre is pursuing with states to determine such farm fields for certification, he mentioned.
The authorities is engaged on a mission mode to advertise natural farming and even embrace this as a part of a syllabus in agri unversities, he added.
Citing causes for the necessity to shift to natural farming, the minister mentioned though chemical farming — launched throughout Green Revolution within the Fifties — has undoubtedly helped in turning a meals deficit nation to a surplus however this methodology of farming has affected soil fertiliser, water and world warming.
“Chemical farming has helped improve manufacturing however there are limitations. Farmers might earn revenue however they’re under stress with use of upper amount of fertilizers and water consumption,” Tomar mentioned.
The dangerous affect of chemical farming is such that Punjab farmers promote their produce to others however by no means devour themselves, he mentioned and careworn the necessity to change the cropping sample that works in concord with nature.
Stating that the federal government is dedicated to addressing the challenges posing the farm sector, the minister mentioned various strategies of farming particularly natural farming are being promoted as a result of India must maintain agriculture as a big proportion of the nation’s inhabitants remains to be depending on farming for its livelihood.
Union Minister for Fisheries, Dairying and Animal Husbandry Purushottam Rupala mentioned a brand new demand for high quality produce has emerged in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and farmers have to be aware of this and develop accordingly.
He welcomed a suggestion to advertise natural farming in areas the place no or much less chemical compounds are used, whereas additionally careworn on the branding of commodities produced in natural farming.
Sharing the success tales of natural farming, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat urged farmers to not get “discouraged and confused” about natural farming.
He mentioned manufacturing will come down within the first 12 months of natural farming however bills and water consumption will stay decrease. This will even assist develop higher high quality produce that can fetch a superb charge out there.
Devvrat shared how a big farmer in Gujarat steadily shifted to natural farming from 5 acres to 50 acres and now planning on 400 acres. He additionally shared how a horticulture secretary in Himachal Pradesh authorities shifted efficiently to natural farming for rising apples.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant mentioned there’s a want to know the challenges dealing with the farm sector amid local weather change, decrease crop yields, excessive use of water, and imbalanced use of chemical compounds and fertilisers.
“A brand new revolution is important. Natural farming is the necessity of the hour. It is as a result of as a result of Green Revolution, value of manufacturing has gone up and water use effectivity has remained decrease,” he mentioned.
There is a have to carry a social motion for selling natural farming in a scientific method amongst farmers, he added.
Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand mentioned the chemical farming that has been adopted since Green Revolution has posed a number of challenges and due to this fact various strategies are being considered.
Some might name it non-chemical or natural farming or zero price range farming or natural farming — these totally different strategies of farming have been experimented. These strategies should be synthesized and moved ahead, he mentioned.
Chand mentioned there’s a want to present an opportunity to natural farming because the time is ripe to do that methodology. “The nation isn’t dealing with any meals safety menace, we may give an opportunity to this methodology of farming,” he mentioned.
About 6 per cent of space within the nation use no chemical compounds and this space might be focused for selling natural farming. There are additionally some districts the place use of chemical compounds is lower than 5 kg, these will also be promoted, he mentioned.
A highway map might be ready taking leads from the dialogue within the nationwide workshop, he added.
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