Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi said that horticulture has an important role to play in adopting natural farming in the State by farmers. A list of package of practices on different crops under natural farming should be prepared for farmers. Big events should be organised to motivate natural farming. Refresher training should be organised for trained farmers to get the actual feedback.
Dr. Shrikant Baldi was presiding over meeting of the State Level Task Force for Promotion of Organic/Zero Budget Natural Farming under Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kissan Yojana (PKKKY), here today.
While appreciating the progress of PKKKY in the state, he said that the target of training 50,000 farmers has been fixed during the current year. As many as 20,579 farmers have so far been trained out of which 15,391 have started practicing natural farming in their fields. Out of the total 3226 panchayats of the state, 2209 panchayats have been brought under the ambit of the scheme.
He said that during the year 2019-20, out of total allocation of Rs. 19.03 crore, an amount of Rs. 14.36 crore has been drawn and allocated to all the districts for different activities.
In the meeting, approval was given to allow a master trainer to hold maximum 5 trainings per month till March 2020 to enhance the quality of training. Approval was also given to give an additional amount of Rs. 2500 per month for Block Technology Manager and Assistant Technology Manager recruited under Agricultural Technology Management Agency on performance basis till March 2020.
Principal Secretary Agriculture Onkar Chand Sharma, State Project Director Zero Budget Natural Farming Rakesh Kanwar, Director Agriculture Dr. R.K. Koundal, Director Horticulture Dr. M.L. Dhiman, Director Animal Husbandry Dr. Swadesh Kumar Chaudhary, representatives of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni, Solan and Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University Palampur, Kangra and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.