Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar today inaugurated the online training program for master trainers on natural farming, organized by the National Institute Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Tomar said that MANAGE has been given the task of organizing 750 sensitization programs for 30,000 village leaders across the country from April to August under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav . Shri Tomar said the natural farming method is very beneficial for the farmers.
Union Minister Shri Tomar said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken the initiative to promote traditional natural farming in the country. Keeping in mind the importance of natural farming, a national conference on natural farming was organized in Gujarat on December 16, 2021 under the leadership of the Prime Minister, in which thousands of farmers participated. Natural farming is a promising way to reduce farmers’ dependence on external inputs, reduce the cost of cultivation and increase farmers’ incomes. The government promotes Indian Natural Agricultural System (BPKP) as a sub-programme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) to promote traditional indigenous practices. In the coming days, trained master trainers will conduct 750 outreach programs for 30,000 village leaders across the country and help drive the natural farming initiative forward in their respective states. The area of 4.09 lakh hectare is covered by natural agriculture. An announcement was also made in the 2022-23 budget to promote natural farming. A committee has been formed to include natural farming courses in state universities.
Shri Tomar said that earlier there was a period in the country when there was a shortage of food grains then research and chemicals were used to increase the production but it was necessary at the time , today India is in a very good position in terms of agricultural production and export. The central government is making a lot of effort and helping farmers to move forward through various programs. “The government wants us not to be dependent on imports, but our export expertise must continue to grow. With the increase in the natural method of animal husbandry, the use of animals, including cow, will increase , which will benefit farmers.” He said. The minister further said that the government has taken an initiative to integrate agriculture with modern technologies, in which the cooperation of states is needed. New Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) are formed in each block by spending Rs. 6865 cr. In total, ten thousand FPOs will be trained. Thanks to them, farmers’ knowledge will increase, they will be able to use new technologies, they will be attracted to expensive crops, and the quality of products will increase, which will increase their income. He asked all master trainers to dedicate their lives to advancing the government’s important initiative on natural farming in various ways.
The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Kailash Choudhary and Mrs. Shobha Karandlaje were also present on the occasion. At the start, Union Secretary for Agriculture Shri Manoj Ahuja, Joint Secretary Shri Priya Ranjan and Managing Director of MANAGE Dr. P. Chandrashekhar also addressed the session. An online training will be provided by MANAGE to two hundred and fifteen master trainers on the theme of initiation-principle and practice of natural agriculture, which will be completed before August 15th.
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