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Krishi Sakhis To Promote Natural Farming

By Amigos IAS

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

 

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