Govt plans to introduce natural farming in Agri Education Curriculum
During the Rajya Sabha proceedings on Friday, the Modi government put forth its plan to include natural farming in the agriculture education curriculum.
ICAR (Indian Council of Agriculture Research) has constituted a committee for developing syllabus and curricula of natural farming at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
The government is keen on promoting natural farming through the Bhartiya Prakritik Krishi Paddhati (BPKP) introduced during 2020-21 as a sub-scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) for the promotion of traditional and indigenous practices, including natural farming.
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, “The Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has constituted a committee for developing syllabus and curricula of natural farming at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.”
In reply to another question in the Rajya Sabha, Tomar said the government is also implementing dedicated organic farming schemes of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Mission Organic Value Chain Development in the North-East Region (MOVCDNER) since 2015-16. An amount of Rs.650 crore has been approved for the promotion of organic farming for the year 2021-22.
“These are implemented to encourage farmers to produce organic manure and to promote organic farming of foodgrains in the country. Under these schemes, farmers are primarily encouraged to adopt organic cultivation using organic inputs, and support is provided to the farmers for various components from production to value addition, certification, and marketing of organic produce. Hands-on training to farmers for on-farm production of organic manure/ organic fertilizers and its use is an integral part of these schemes,” he said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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