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India to unveil National Mission, sops for natural farming

Ziraat Times Web Desk

New Delhi, 18 Sept: India might provide sops to farmers to undertake natural methods of farming as a part of a soon-to-be-launched nationwide mission.

Incentives being thought of embody financial assist to purchase good high quality seeds and natural manure for farming as additionally advertising and marketing assist for produce. A last name on the incentives can be taken quickly, mentioned a senior authorities official.

The authorities is readying to launch a nationwide mission on natural farming, which can lay out a highway map for adoption of sustainable and cost-effective natural farming strategies, mentioned the official, who didn’t want to be recognized.

Natural farming is a standard, chemical-free farming technique by which crops, bushes and livestock are built-in and there’s no use of fertilisers. It is basically primarily based on on-farm biomass recycling with emphasis on biomass mulching, use of on-farm cow dung-urine formulation, periodic soil aeration and exclusion of all artificial chemical inputs. The proposed plan additionally goals to open up export avenues by means of certification of naturally produced agricultural commodities. Besides, another assist measures equivalent to for advertising and marketing may be undertaken, mentioned the official.

“The government is looking at giving fiscal incentives to farmers to take up natural farming while facilitating backward linkages for them with gaushalas (cowsheds) for procurement of traditional manure,” mentioned the official.

The NITI Aayog and agriculture ministry have held a number of discussions with international consultants on natural farming practices.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had introduced in her Budget speech in February the authorities’s resolve on a natural farming initiative.

“Chemical-free natural farming will be promoted throughout the country, with a focus on farmers’ lands in 5-km wide corridors along river Ganga, at the first stage,” she had mentioned.

Under the pilot challenge, the authorities has coated 650,000 hectares of farm land underneath natural farming and the plan seeks to broaden it to 2 million hectares in the subsequent 5 years.

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