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India committed to promote organic farming, says Radha Mohan Singh

17 Dec 2016

Indian agriculture and farmers welfare minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that central government is committed to promote organic farming in view of the importance of organic farming, with emphasis on sustainable production, food security and soil health.

GHAZIABAD: Indian agriculture and farmers welfare minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that central government is committed to promote organic farming in view of the importance of organic farming, with emphasis on sustainable production, food security and soil health.

Singh was speaking on the inauguration of Krishi Mela based on Organic Farming in Ghaziabad recently.

The Minister of Agriculture said that the Government is promoting organic farming across the country through the dedicated scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Organic Value Chain Development for Northeast regions (OVCDNER under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).

Singh said that Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme is the first comprehensive plan based on a 20 hectare cluster whose implementation is done by the state governments. In a cluster maximum financial assistance of up to 1 hectare is provided to the farmers.

Every farmer of a cluster will be provided financial assistance $736 (Rs.50,000) per hectare during the 3 years period. 10,000 organic clusters of 20 hectare will be developed to cover certified area by 200,000 hectare during the 3 years.

The Minister also said that under PKVY scheme, the Annual Action Plan of 29 States and 1 Union Territory was approved with total outlay for $75.32 million (Rs 511.76 crore) to develop 7186 clusters out of which $33.30 million (Rs 226.00 crore) has been released during 2015-16.

To achieve the target 10,000 clusters, 2814 clusters to be prepared during the 2016-17 under centrally sponsored scheme Pramaparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) in which $43.76 million (Rs 297 crore) has been allocated for the scheme during 2016-17.

Singh further said that under PKVY scheme, during 2015-16 the Central Government has released $302 million (Rs 2052.20 crore) to the Uttar Pradesh Government, but so far Uttar Pradesh government has utilized only $158 million (Rs 1075.692 crore).

During 2016-17 the Central Government has released $187 million (Rs 1270.64 crore) to the State Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The minister said that under Deen Dayal Unnat Krishi Siksha Yojna, 23 training centers are to be established in Uttar Pradesh.

For the training centres those farmers will be selected who has during 2015-16 or before 2015-16 attended Unnat Bharat Abhiyan campaign held under natural farming or before the respective training course or the organic farming / natural farming / sustainable farming or farmers who have knowledge of own farming practices and organic farming practice may be aware of the basics and fundamental principles.


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