NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Niramala Sitharaman stated during the presentation of the Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament on Tuesday that the Centre will encourage chemical-free natural farming across the country, with a major focus on farmers' lands in 5-km wide corridors along the Ganga in the first stage.
"A comprehensive package for engagement of state governments and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be introduced to guarantee that farmers adopt natural farming," Sitharaman added.
For long time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised the need of chemical-free natural farming.
"Natural farming will benefit the country's 80% of small-scale farmers with less than two hectares of land, who spend a lot of money on chemical input. However, employing natural fertilisers will save them money and increase their profits "In December of last year, Modi stated.
Kisan drones will be utilised for crop assessments, land records, and insecticide spraying, according to the Finance Minister, driving a surge of technology in the agriculture and farming sector.
Wheat procurement for Rabi 2021-22 and paddy procurement for Kharif 2021-22 is expected to encompass 1,208 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and paddy from 163 lakh farmers. "Around Rs 2.37 lakh crore would be paid directly to their accounts as MSP," she said.