The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), according to a news release from the Ministry of Jal Shakti on Friday, organized a training and workshop camp in Shirdi, Maharashtra, and pushed farmers to adopt zero-budget natural farming as part of the “Arth Ganga Campaign.”
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In order to promote natural farming as part of the Namami Gange program, NMCG organized an exposure tour for roughly 30 farmers from the Ganga Basin on Thursday to the Subhash Palekar Natural Farming (SPNF). Camp for training and workshops was held from August 18 to August 22.
In accordance with the Arth Ganga initiative, which the Prime Minister endorsed at the 1st National Ganga Council meeting in Kanpur in December 2019, the farmer facilitation for the workshop under the Namami Gange Programme aims to achieve the objectives of stopping the flow of contaminated water from farms into the Ganga and developing a sustainable livelihood model for farmers based on natural farming.
A well-known agriculturalist known to the farming community as “Krishi ka Rishi,” Subhash Palekar, attended the session on Thursday with G Ashok Kumar, director general of the NMCG. He is the pioneer of the farming method known in India as Subhash Palekar Farming, also known as “Zero Budget Natural Farming.”
According to the statement, around 30 farmers from various districts in the states bordering the Ganges River, including Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, attended the session. The ceremony was also attended by notable farmer and Palekar supporter Madhav Rao Deshmukh.
Palekar interacted productively with the farmers who came to the occasion. He talked about the significance of accepting the natural order of things and the significance of using water wisely through informed agriculture techniques.
Palekar used examples from his broad expertise to explain the methods and value of natural farming as well as the different long-term health benefits that could be realized. He continued, “Trust is the most crucial element that one should follow to be successful.
On the other side, the enquiring farmers talked about their experiences and asked numerous questions of the group.
The course also includes instruction on converting wasteland to farmland using the Natural Farming model, exchange of experience on marketing natural products to develop a value chain free of middlemen, exposure tours to mixed crop, banana, and spice farms, and so on.
In his remarks, Kumar covered his engagement with “Maa Ganga” during the previous three to four years as well as the Prime Minister’s goal for the Namami Gange Program, which will make River Ganga Nirmal an Aviral in 2014.
“The Ganga River got polluted as a result of the influx of dirty water from sewage and businesses, and biodiversity, in particular Ganga Dolphins, started to go extinct.” To clean up the Ganga, the Namami Gange Program was established in 2014.
The Director-General stated that the NMCG is constantly working to encourage farmers toward natural farming in order to achieve the twin goals of preventing contaminated water from flowing into the River Ganga from the fields and providing economic benefits of natural farming through the Arth Ganga campaign. He was speaking about plans to make Ganga banks “chemical farming-mukt.”
He added, “Various interventions are being brought in through the ArthGanga initiative that aims to enhance public participation. On August 16, 2022, NMCG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sahakar Bhartito to form, among other objectives, a farmers’ cooperative society in every village along River Ganga and to promote natural farming among farmers.
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