Big bucks allocated for promotion of organic farming
Feb 29: When Finance Minister Arun Jaitley began introducing the Union Budget, he remarked that his Budget proposals were based on nine pillars, the first of which was Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. Under this, the Government aims to double the income of farmers by 2022. The total allocation for Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare is Rs.35,984 crore.
As part of the same pillar, the government intends to promote organic farming in order to ensure a rise in crop yields from rain fed areas, which make up nearly 55% of India’s arable land. Organic farming is the production of agricultural products free of any pesticide and chemical residues by use of adopting eco-friendly and low-cost technology. The benefits of organic farming include long-term sustainability, conservation of biodiversity, reduction of groundwater pollution, among others.