As part of the Azadika Amrit Mahotsav, NITI Aayog is organising a day-long national workshop on ‘Innovative Agriculture’ on 25 April, 2022.
The workshop is expected to be addressed by Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Parshottam Rupala, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Member (Agriculture) Dr Ramesh Chand, and CEO Amitabh Kant.
The workshop is expected to bring together stakeholders working in the field of innovative agriculture and natural-farming practices from India and abroad. Deliberations will be held in key areas related to the promotion of natural farming, its role in soil health restoration and climate change mitigation.
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Natural farming practices are mostly in harmony with the principles of agro-ecology advocated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It offers viable solutions to improve the livelihood of farmers while reducing the environmental impact of chemical agriculture.
The Prime Minister has emphasised the importance of natural farming on various occasions. Most recently, during a national conclave on natural farming on 16th December 2021, he urged that natural farming be turned into a mass movement. The Union Budget 2022–23 too announced the promotion of chemical-free natural farming throughout the country, starting with fields within a 5-km wide corridor along the Ganga.
Readers of Agriculture Post can watch the programme live on NITI Aayog’s Youtube channel.