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Natural Farming: Madhya Pradesh is at the fore in chemical free farming, eight lakh farmers are connected. Will experts be able to solve the dilemma of farmers? Farmers are afraid that the production of crops may be reduced due to natural farming.
Madhya Pradesh, which has secured the first place in the country in terms of organic farming, has now switched to natural farming.Natural FarmingI have also started trying my hand. The state government has organized a one-day workshop on April 13 at Kushabhau Thackeray International Convention Center in Bhopal to brainstorm on zero budget natural farming practices. In the presence of Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department KC Gupta has given this information. In fact, on 16 December 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for the promotion of natural farming across the country. After this, the BJP-ruled state governments have given special focus on this.
Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel said that public private cowshed model is going to be implemented to promote natural farming. In which with the help of private sector, the nursery and farm will be connected directly to the cowsheds. So that there is no problem in getting natural fertilizer. This will also increase the income of the cowsheds. Chemical free farming is being done in more than 17 lakh hectare area in MP. In which about eight and a half lakh farmers are involved. Madhya Pradesh also has the highest participation in the export of organic agricultural products.
Acharya Devvrat and Natural Farming
Governor Acharya Devvrat was the big hand behind the program of natural farming organized in Gujarat in December 2021. He has an important role in the program going to be held in Madhya Pradesh also. Actually, he has been doing natural farming for a long time in his Gurukul located in Kurukshetra, Haryana. In which higher yields are claimed in natural farming than in chemical fertilizers. This Gurukul has emerged as a model of natural farming. However, farmers are caught in the dilemma that whether natural farming should reduce the production of crops.
How much is the area of natural farming now
According to Dr. Neelam Patel, Senior Agriculture Advisor of NITI Aayog, at present natural farming is taking place in 6.5 lakh hectare area in 11 states. Andhra Pradesh is leading in this. Such cultivation is being done in an area of more than one lakh hectares, which is the highest in the country. Apart from this, natural farming is also being promoted in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Such cultivation is done with cow urine, cow dung, Ghan Jeevamrut, Beejamrut and Jeevamrut.
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