Natural farming which is rooted in ancient Indian science; NITI Aayog advisor

“You all might be having a doubt, why we are suddenly talking about natural farming.

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Natural farming which is rooted in ancient Indian science; NITI Aayog adviser

Organic farming relies on earthworms imported from other countries, the governor said, adding that these imported organisms die when temperatures rise beyond 28 degrees Celsius and fall below 16 degrees Celsius.

Mentioning that “principles of natural farming are rooted in concepts defined by Vrikshayurveda, the ancient Indian science of plant life”, Dr. Neelam Patel who is the senior adviser of NITI Aayog stated on Tuesday stated that over 6.5 lakh hectares of agricultural land in 11 states are already under this specific form of farming.

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“You all might be having a doubt, why we are suddenly talking about natural farming. But we at NITI Aayog have been working on it since 2018,” stated Patel during addressing a pre-Vibrant Gujrat summit based on “Agro and Food Processing: Entering a new era of cooperation”, a 3-day event at Anand Agricultural University (AAU) where Narendra Modi, Prime Minister is seeking to address the valedictory session.

In her presentation, she pointed out how the fertilizer application rate in India has increased from 12.4 kg per hectare in 1969 to 175 kg per hectare in 2018. “The depletion of organic carbon in soil has been massive,” she further added.

Patel further talked about how Andhra Pradesh leads with 2.15 lakh hectares of area under natural farming in the nation, followed by Gujarat (1.17 lakh hectares) and Madhya Pradesh (99,000 hectares).

Acharya Devvrat who is the Gujarat Governor who inaugurated the summit defended natural farming and stated that it was not devoid of science. “Some friends ran a campaign across the country that natural farming is devoid of science. When you have not conducted any experiments, how can make such announcements? You can object if you have conducted research and did not find anything substantial.”

Asking farmers in Gujrat to return to farming that is natural, Devvrat claimed that organic farming has not been now able to increase production in the last 30 years. “Organic farming will not increase production. We will have to leave it. Please return to natural farming where earthworms and other microorganisms thrive,” he stated.

While most farm inputs were used in natural farming are being managed from local ecosystems, organic farming relies on externally farm inputs purchased like bio-fertilizers and vermicompost.

Rs 1.25 lakh crore that is claimed is spent every year on subsidizing urea because chemical fertilizers kill micro-organisms in the soil, the governor stated that natural farming promotes the growth of such organisms that leads to an increase in organic carbon in the soil.

A Gujarat government publication, “Aatmanirbhar Farmers of Gujarat: Roadmap 2030”, was even unveiled at the event.

AGREEMENTS OF WORTH RS. 2,359 CRORE THAT IS SIGNED

On the first day of the pre-Vibrant Gujarat summit on the agriculture sector which was held at Anand Agriculture University, MoUs was worth Rs 2,359 crore were signed, which includes 3 agreements for producing grain-based ethanol.

The agreements that were signed between the Gujarat government and the private sector included a Rs 650-crore MoU for setting up a 500 kilolitres ethanol plant by Luna Chemicals Pvt Ltd, a Rs 500-crore agreement for setting up an ethanol plant of similar capacity by UPL (which is formerly United Phosphorus Limited) and a Rs 192-crore agreement for a 150-kilolitre ethanol plant by Aamanya Organic Pvt Ltd.

Iscon Balaji Foods Pvt Ltd gave a Rs 500-crore MoU for a plant which is frozen potato at Himmatnagar in North Gujarat.

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