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Centre Plans To Provide Incentives For Natural Farming Under National Mission

Natural farming is a traditional and researched method of farming which includes the use of on-site cow dung and urine formulation, frequent soil aeration and is largely focused on the recycling and mulching of biomass on-site and entirely avoiding the use of chemical-based fertilizers

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The government is willing to give SOPs to farmers under a soon-to-be-launched national mission on natural farming. The sops will include providing financial support for the purchase of high quality seeds and fresh manure

The mission aims to promote natural methods of farming by adopting sustainable and cost-effective techniques.

The government is encouraging linkages with gaushalas for the attainment of biological manure.

Natural farming is a traditional and researched method of farming which includes the use of on-site cow dung and urine formulation, frequent soil aeration and is largely focused on the recycling and mulching of biomass on-site and entirely avoiding the use of chemical-based fertilizers. Natural farming integrates crops, trees and cattle without the use of fertilizer.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in her February's budget speech this year on the centre's objective of promoting natural farming across the country. She stated that farmers' lands along with the Ganga banks up to 5km wide range will be prioritised for natural farming.

Several dialogues on natural farming practices have been held with global Agri specialists, Niti Aayog and the agricultural ministry stated.

Centre's to be launched natural farming mission includes sops to lure farmers to get incentives for adopting natural farming methods.

Natural farming is a traditional and researched method of farming which includes the use of on-site cow dung and urine formulation, frequent soil aeration and is largely focused on the recycling and mulching of biomass on-site and entirely avoiding the use of chemical based fertilizers. Natural farming integrates crops, trees and cattle without the use of fertilizer.

An anonymous official stated that government is soon to launch a national mission on natural farming for the roadmap of sustainable and inexpensive farming methods. Fiscal benefits will be provided for the purchase of the seeds and manure to the farmers and the marketing of their products will also be allocated.

Under the initiative, the centre plans to expand the natural farming land to 2 million hectares in the next five years. Currently, 650,000 hectares of land have been covered.


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