2019 Budget ignored organic farming: Environmentalist

Faridkot: At the time of growing momentum toward sealing an ambitious deal to save the environment, soil health and larger issue of food security in a sustainable manner, India’s interim Budget for the coming financial year, presented by Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, admitted the need for organic farming, but environmentalists said it was more of a lip service rather than pointing to some concrete steps and appropriate allocations to promote sustainable agriculture in the country.

“Funding for the organic farming sector in 2019 Union Budget has been decreased from Rs 360 crore to Rs 325 crore. Even out of Rs 360 crore allocated in the last budget, the government could spend only Rs 300 crore to promote organic agriculture,” said Kiran Kumar Vissa, an IIT alumnus and national co-convener of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA).