A self-reliant process of holistic rural development – VC SKUAST Jammu – The Dispatch

JAMMU: Prof JP Sharma Vice Chancellor SKUAST Jammu while chairing a session during the 6th Agrivision National Convention ‘Coordination and Implementation of Modern Natural Agriculture Technology on 21st May 2022 at NAAS Complex, IARI New Delhi said it is time to take big steps and take agriculture out of chemical labs and connect it with nature. In his speech, Dr. Sharma said that the amalgamation of natural farming, organic farming and current farming can gradually mitigate the harmful effects of chemical farming. Prof. Sharma further informed that NITI Aayog has promptly undertaken all the necessary steps to guide the natural farming policy. A number of programs under Atmanirbhar Bharat can be geared towards promoting natural agriculture. In order to make politeness effective, an enabling institutional mechanism can be put in place to promote the technology. He reiterated that the teachings of the Vedas must be followed to save mother earth from the disaster posed by climate change and global warming. He said natural farming has the potential to reduce costs and be successful. Common animal products used in natural pest control in India are Shankhnaad Panchgavya and Dasgavya. Panchgavya, a biological product has the potential to play a role of growth promotion and immunity to the plant system. Professor Sharma further explained that natural farming has renewed farmers’ awareness and growing confidence in this system. This mode will not only provide a healthy environment, proper productivity and unpolluted food, but also usher in a new self-sustaining process of holistic rural development. Surfaces listed as organic can be used initially for the popularization of natural agriculture. Then, efforts to transform conventional spaces can be resumed. Dr. Sharma said that natural farming products can fetch higher prices in international markets, if there is authenticated certification and branding. Certification of natural products will help identify the source of food and priority areas can be identified in the form of clusters in regions where the use of chemical fertilizers is negligible and where the products are already grown under natural conditions should be put into natural agriculture.

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