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Agriculture Updates: PKVY and OVCDNER Schemes to Promote Organic Farming

While keeping in view the immediate menace of climate change, the importance of organic farming has increased manifolds. This is the reason that the Government of India has launched a Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) and Organic Value Added Development (OVCDNER) schemes under National Sustained Agriculture Mission to promote organic farming in the country.

In a workshop organized on organic farming at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi and Speaking on this occasion Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister briefed the participants about Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krihsi Siksha Yojna.

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) is the first extensive scheme which has been initiated in the form of Centre Sponsored Programme (CSP), said Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister. Based on the cluster for every 20 hectare land, The implementation of this scheme is carried out by the State Governments.

Under clusters the farmers are granted financial assistance for maximum one hectare land and Government of India has earmarked Rs. 50,000 for every hectare land during the period of transformation of three year ceiling. The objective in this regard has been chalked out for 10,000 of clusters while covering area of 2 lakh hectare land.

For North-Eastern regions for implementation in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim as well as Tripura, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched a scheme as Central Regional Scheme – Organic Value Added Mode Development Mission during 2015-16 to 2017-18 while keeping in view the potentiality of farming in North-Eastern region.

This scheme aims at to develop authentic organic products in value added mode so that the consumers might be linked with consumers and from input, seed certification to unification, processing, marketing as well as grant formation initiative. He said that the scheme has been approved with Rs. 400 crore for a span of three years.

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry has launched a new scheme named as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krihsi Khiksha Yojna to fish out the talent of Indian youths and all over development of rural India has launched. This scheme is being implemented by Agriculture Education Division related to Indian Council of Agricultural Research Council (ICAR).

To impart knowledge about natural/organic/sustainable farming/rural economy, under this course of action the trainers will be selected on village level so as to establish training centre. In different regions in these centers various training programmes will be conducted. For the participation of teachers in various activities for the Advanced India Campaign conducted by Agriculture Research Council/Human Resource Development Ministry under this scheme along with, almost 100 training centers will be set up throughout the country.

To promote the organic farming along the banks of river Ganga, the agreement carried out between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. In 1657 village panchayats from Uttarakhand to West Bengal along the bank of Ganga, under this scheme an organic farming system will be developed under 1657 clusters in the perspective of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna with Namami Gange project.