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Radha Mohan Singh urges farmers to practice organic farming

New Delhi: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh has Friday urged farmers to practice organic farming to tackle the threats of climate change. Speaking on central government’s initiative to promote organic farming, Singh said Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) and Organic Value Added Development (OVCDNER) schemes are aimed at encouraging organic farming in the country.

Singh was addressing a workshop on organic farming at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi Friday. Speaking also  briefed the participants about Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krihsi Siksha Yojna.

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister added that Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) is the first extensive scheme which has been initiated in the form of Centre Sponsored Programme (CSP). The implementation of this scheme is carried out by the State Governments based on the cluster for every 20 hectare land. Under clusters the farmers are granted financial assistance for maximum one hectare land and Government of India has earmarked Rs. 50,000 for every hectare land during the period of transformation of three year ceiling. The objective in this regard has been chalked out for 10,000 of clusters while covering area of 2 lakh hectare land.

Singh further added that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched a scheme as Central Regional Scheme – Organic Value Added Mode Development Mission for North-Eastern regions for implementation in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim as well as Tripura during 2015-16 to 2017-18 while keeping in view the potentiality of farming in North-Eastern region. This scheme aims at to develop authentic organic products in value added mode so that the consumers might be linked with consumers and from input, seed certification to unification, processing, marketing as well as grant formation initiative. Assistance might be extended for the entire value added development. He said that the scheme has been approved with Rs. 400 crore for a span of three years.

Union Minister briefed that Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry has launched a new scheme named as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krihsi Khiksha Yojna to fish out the talent of Indian youths and all over development of rural India has launched. This scheme is being implemented by Agriculture Education Division related to Indian Council of Agricultural Research Council (ICAR). Singh further briefed that under this course of action the trainers will be selected on village level so as to establish training centre, to impart knowledge about natural/organic/sustainable farming/rural economy. Various training programmes will be conducted in different regions in these centers. Almost 100 training centers will be set up throughout the country for the participation of teachers in various activities for the Advanced India Campaign conducted by Agriculture Research Council/Human Resource Development Ministry under this scheme alongwith.

Singh mentioned about the agreement carried out between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare so as to promote the organic farming along the banks of river Ganga. Under this scheme an organic farming system will be developed under 1657 clusters in the perspective of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna with Namami Gange project in 1657 village panchayats from Uttarakhand to West Bengal along the bank of Ganga.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare informed people present there about Yogic farming. Singh said that the farmers first of all process seeds based on yoga proceedings that is to say that the seeds are recharged by dint of divine powers resulting in the escalation of their sprouting powers. Thereafter the five elements are made conducive through yoga proceedings before the seeds are sown. Raj yoga shoots out the fertilizing strength of the soil along with the increased activation of micro metabolism thereof. It strengthens the plants and their roots. The farmers through the modus operendi of vibration conveys to the plants about peace, love as well as purity which leads the resistance power of crops and its growth along with the increasement of production. Consequent upon the enhancement in proteins like elements the nutritious, purity and quality based the crops is also enhanced.