Why is it in the news?
- The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW) initiated the training of Krishi Sakhis to promote natural farming.
More about the news
- The goal is to train and certify 50,000 Krishi Sakhis in phases through the National Centre for Organic and Natural Farming (NCONF), a subordinate office of MoA&FW.
- The training is conducted under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), which is a poverty alleviation program of MoRD.
- Role of Krishi Sakhis: Krishi Sakhis are practicing farmers and para-extension professionals at the grassroots level. They play a crucial role in raising awareness and encouraging the adoption of environmentally friendly and economically viable agricultural practices.
|About Natural Farming
· Natural farming is a chemical-free farming system that emphasizes ecological understanding, resource recycling, and on-farm resource optimization.
· Its objectives include restoring soil health, maintaining biodiversity, ensuring animal welfare, efficient use of natural/local resources, and promoting ecological fairness.
Challenges Associated with Natural Farming
· Susceptibility to pest attacks.
· Time-consuming and labour-intensive practices.
A Few Initiatives to Promote Natural Farming
· National Mission on Natural Farming
· National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture