State Agriculture Secretary Rakesh Kanwar asked the officials to engage with farmers to work on area expansion under natural farming ahead of Kharif season.
During his first visit to the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Center (RHR&TC), Shiv Pratap Shukla evinced keen interest in the display orchards developed as model of natural farming.
Over 1.5 lakh farmers have already adopted natural farming techniques under the Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan Yojana (PK3Y).
These encouraging efforts have been initiated by SRIJAN, a voluntary organization, as a part of a wider project called BIWAL for promoting sustainable development in the villages of Bundelkhand region. BIWAL’s model combining water conservation and natural farming has given a newfound strength to many farmers and rural communities.
At the inauguration of a two-day PM Kisan Sammelan at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Modi gave a new slogan of Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan.
The minister added that the state government is motivating and training the farmers to adopt Subhash Palekar Natural Farming (SPNF) technique through Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan Yojana (PK3Y) for the last four years.
The studies showed that 15 types of companion crops are being grown in apple orchards through natural farming. As also, the overall disease incidence in apple crops has reduced.
Chandel talked with Sanjeev Kumar about various challenges in propagating natural farming which may help the government in achieving the target of doubling farmers' income and better practices in horticulture and forestry.
Elated at the encouraging response to the initiative of zero farming from various states, Acharya Devvrat, in a freewheeling interview with Shashi Kant Sharma, talks about his journey and various initiatives he has taken as Governor, which he says are an attempt to take forward the vision of the Prime Minister that hinges on ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.