Natural agriculture without chemicals with a focus on the Ganges basin to be promoted: FM

New Delhi: The Center will promote chemical-free natural agriculture across the country focusing mainly on farmers’ land in 5km-wide corridors along the Ganges River in the first stage, Finance Minister Nramala Sitharaman said during the meeting. the presentation of the Union budget 2022-23 to Parliament. Tuesday.

“To ensure that farmers adopt natural farming, a comprehensive package of participation from state governments and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be introduced,” Sitharaman said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been stressing the importance of natural agriculture without chemicals for some time.

“Natural farming will benefit the 80% of farmers in the country, who are smallholders and own less than two hectares of land, as they spend a lot on chemical inputs. But the use of natural fertilizers will benefit them with low expenses and more profits,” Modi had said in December last year.

The finance minister further said that the Kisan drones will be used for crop assessments, land records and insecticide spraying to spur a wave of technologies in the agriculture and livestock sector.

The estimated purchase of wheat in Rabi 2021-22 and paddy in Kharif 2021-22 will cover 1,208 lakh metric tons of wheat and paddy from 163 lakh farmers.

“Around Rs 2.37 lakh crore will be a direct payment from MSP to their accounts,” she said.

Sitharaman further said that funds will be facilitated through NABARD to finance start-ups for agriculture and rural enterprises, relevant to the value chain of agricultural products, and that the start-ups will support agricultural producer organizations (FPOs) ) to deliver the benefits of technology to farmers.

With the implementation of the Ken Betwa Linking project, 9 lakh hectares of agricultural land will reap the benefits, the minister pointed out.

According to the Economic Survey 2021-22, agriculture and related sector proved to be the most resilient to the Covid-19 shock as it registered a growth of 3.6% in 2020-21 and increased to 3, 9% in 2021-22, driving Indian economy-wide real GDP expansion of 9.2% in the current fiscal year.

(IANS)

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