Natural farming is the need of the hour: NITI Aayog CEO

NITI Aayog Workshop: Natural Farming is a chemical free farming method, said Amitabh Kant.

New Delhi: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday said natural farming is the need of the hour as the cost of production of food grains has increased due to use of chemicals and fertilisers.

Addressing the ‘National Workshop on Innovative Agriculture’ organized by NITI Aayog, Kant further said that India is now an exporter of wheat and rice.

He said, “Natural farming is the need of the hour and it is important that we identify scientific methods by which we can ensure that farmers are directly benefited by it, thereby increasing their income.”

Kant said: “The cost of production of food grains and vegetables went up because of the greater use of chemicals and fertilizers.” Natural farming is a chemical free farming method. It is considered as an agro-eco-based diversified farming system that integrates crops, trees and livestock with functional biodiversity.

Further, speaking at the event, Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture) NITI Aayog said that there are many methods of natural farming that can be adopted, such as organic farming, diversification and agro-cultivation.

“Through our shared experiences, it is important to understand the pros and cons of each method,” he said.

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