bundelkhand: agricultural department’s roadmap for organic farming in Bundelkhand | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: The Department of Agriculture has prepared a roadmap to promote chemical-free farming in the Bundelkhand region, following Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s instructions to encourage organic farming in the state.
Hamirpur and Banda were selected as immediate beneficiaries of the plan.
Department of Agriculture had started promoting organic farming in Hamirpur from 2016-17 and had favorable results. The state government has allocated a budget of Rs 4.68 crore to improve soil condition, subsidize and provide training and resources to farmers in several parts of the district.
On Wednesday, the department set aside Rs 1.56 crore to start various works.
The department plans to divide the 3.25 lakh hectare of agricultural land in Hamirpur into clusters. “Each cluster will have over 50 acres of land and their progress will be monitored,” an officer said.
Instead of using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, natural alternatives are used. Jeevamrit and Amrit Pani, the two natural fertilizers produced from cow urine and dung, are widely used, while the technique of vermicomposting is taught to farmers.
Officials said a subsidy of up to Rs 14.95 lakh is offered to farmers who adopt organic farming over a period of three years.
While an average of 160 kg to 180 kg of fertilizer is used on one hectare of land in Uttar Pradesh, in Hamirpur the average has dropped to 47 kg per hectare.
Officials will hold meetings and interactive sessions with 339 gram panchayat farmers explaining the benefits and encouraging them to adopt organic farming.
In another development, the department has decided to release Rs 1 crore for Banda district. The money will be used to create a center of excellence for research on dry farming techniques. The center will be established at the University of Agriculture and Technology in Banda and will showcase the latest technologies and techniques deployed in non-rainfed areas.
Deputy Director of Banda Agriculture Department, Vijay Kumar, said, “Arid land farming is a farming system where the soil is improved and treated to conserve maximum amount of water. This requires both efficient storage of rainwater and harnessing the moisture present in the atmosphere for agriculture.
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