The secretary said natural farming techniques provide important answers to pressing agricultural concerns, and validation tests of PK3Y have already shown this.
A two-day capacity building workshop for Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan Yojana (PK3Y) kicked off on Monday at Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in Nauni, Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, with some key questions addressed on natural farming by Secretary (Agriculture) Rakesh Kanwar.
“Following the introduction of PK3Y in 2018, the use of natural farming methods has already increased across the state. It’s time to move past that, and field workers should now examine the differences that are happening on farms when we avoid using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, whether related to soil, production, environment or nutrition” During the workshop, which was attended by more than 260 staff from the ‘Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and others involved in natural farming, Kanwar made a presentation titled “Agriculture: An Overview”.
The State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) of PK3Y is organizing the workshop as a participatory activity to generate an action plan for PK3Y in Himachal Pradesh through open discussion.
The secretary said natural farming techniques provide important answers to address agricultural concerns, and validation tests of PK3Y have already shown this.
Kanwar says that in order to promote the idea of natural farming, PK3Y is currently working on certifying organic products, creating a marketing strategy, establishing producer organizations and expanding.
Kanwar said that during his last visit to Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the state for paving the way for other nations in the field of natural agriculture.
According to him, natural farming has also become a top priority for the central government, and the establishment of a national mission for natural farming and a center of excellence for natural farming for the states of the Himalayas, which could happen soon, would help the state’s natural agriculture. even more.
First published: July 06, 2022, 11:45 a.m. IST
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