PKVY Scheme Guidelines for Organic Farming
PKVY Scheme Guidelines: In order to promote organic farming, the Government of India has launched Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana. The scheme will support organic farming which is the traditional method of farming in India. Rs 412 crore has been allocated for implementation of the scheme for the year 2016-17.
Organic farming is being practiced in India since ancient times. In different parts of the country, the soil is of a different kind and possesses different nutrients. There is also a climatic diversity in different parts and a variety of crop is grown in the country through organic farming. But since last few years use of chemical fertilizers have been increased to get better yield and it has poised many health related issues.
Organic farming under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, an emphasis is laid on to provide support and guidance to the farmers to get better yield through organic farming only.
Objectives of the Scheme
- To reduce the use of chemical fertilizers for growing crops.
- To encourage farmers for adopting eco-friendly, technically-endowed and economical way for farming.
- To make use of natural resources for agriculture.
- To maintain the fertility of the soil.
- To check dependency on fertilizers and chemicals to improve agricultural yields.
Features of the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Scheme
The traditional farming scheme identifies areas for crops which are most suitable for organic agriculture. It will set up model organic farms. The organic farming is to be promoted through traditional wisdom and practices. A campaign is run to make farmers aware of benefits of farming. The thrust area is to preserve soil health by making use of natural resources such as farm manure, poultry manure, vermicompost, biogas slurry etc.
The scheme follows cluster approach. A cluster of 50 or more farmers with 50 acres of land is to be formed by farmers to take the organic farming. Rs 20,000 will be provided to each farmer per acre land over the period of three years which is to be used for buying seeds to harvesting crops. Support is also provided for the market to supply the organic products. The government estimates for such 10,000 clusters and cover 5 lakh clusters over the period of three years under the scheme.
For agriculture products to be exported, certification of organic products has been introduced. Farmers won’t have to bear the liability of expenditure for certification.
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is a good initiative towards eco-friendly and maintenance of soil health as well as organic products are healthy to consume and keeps consumers away from side effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
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