Importance of organic farming has increased manifolds: R M Singh

Keeping in view the immediate menace of climate change, the union agriculture minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh has pointed out the importance of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna and Organic Value Added Development Schemes to promote organic farming in the country

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The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh addressing at the inauguration of the workshop on “Ensuring Farmers Welfare through Traditional Organic Farming”, in New Delhi on October 07, 2016.

New Delhi: The importance of organic farming has increased manifolds while keeping in view the immediate menace of climate change. That is why the Government of India has launched a Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) and Organic Value Added Development (OVCDNER) schemes under National Sustained Agriculture Mission to promote organic farming in the country. This was stated by Mr Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister in a workshop organized on organic farming at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today. Speaking on this occasion Shri Radha Mohan Singh briefed the participants about Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krihsi Siksha Yojna.

The 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.

Mr Singh further mentioned that his ministry 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 his 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).