New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need to adopt natural agricultural techniques to ensure better production and longevity of soils and the health of the population.
Virtually addressing the three-day national agribusiness and processing summit, the prime minister said there is no doubt that fertilizers have led to the green revolution. But at the same time, it was necessary to continue working on alternatives. Besides the benefits that society would derive from natural agriculture, it would also help the country reduce the rising cost of importing fertilizers. The summit brought together nine chief ministers and other ministers.
Modi said it was high time agriculture was taken out of the chemistry lab and connected to nature’s own lab.
“No matter how powerful fertilizers are, it can also be found in nature. We just have to explore it, ”Modi said.
He also praised the speech of the Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat, who explained in detail how natural agriculture has helped farmers to increase their production in recent years. “Natural agriculture is based on science,” added the Prime Minister. He said that although the world has progressed technologically, it has also been connected to its roots and this should also be adopted in agriculture.
“From seed to soil, you can process everything in a natural way. Natural farming does not involve expenditure on fertilizers or pesticides. It also requires less irrigation and is able to cope with floods and droughts.” , said Prime Minister Modi.
He added that natural agriculture will help Indian farmers to become self-reliant. The Prime Minister, in a communication with the farmers, listed the measures taken by the government. “Along with agriculture, farmers are constantly connected to many alternative sources of income such as animal husbandry, beekeeping, fishing, solar energy and biofuels.
A provision of lakhs de crores has been made to strengthen the storage, cold chain and food processing in the villages, ”he added.
Addressing the conclave before Prime Minister Modi, the Governor of Gujarat explained how earthworms and natural resources like cattle manure, jaggery and the like can lead to an increase in the nutritional content of the soil and an increase in the agricultural production. He also gave an overview of the natural manure manufacturing process.
During the virtual event, the Prime Minister also released a capital grant of over 14 crore yen to around 351 Farm Producers’ Organizations (FOs), benefiting 1.24 lakh farmers.