Years of fine work undone as allocation decreases for natural farming


The Basavaraj Bommai administration has reduce the budgetary allocation for natural farming this fiscal to Rs 20 crore, the bottom within the final eight years, irking proponents and practitioners of this sustainable mannequin of agriculture.

Final yr, the federal government put aside Rs 50 crore for natural farming. 

Apart from 2020-21, when the cash allotted was about Rs 10 crore owing to the pandemic, successive governments have allotted not less than Rs 40 crore to develop natural farming within the state.

Closing allocation much less 

Not simply this, through the years, whereas successive governments have been promising grand sums to develop natural farming, the ultimate allocation is disappointing, lamented A S Anand, chairperson of the empowered committee of the State Natural Agriculture Mission.

As an illustration, within the 2021-22 finances, former chief minister B S Yediyurappa had introduced a Rs 500-crore outlay for natural farming in his finances speech.

Ultimately, the budgetary estimates mirrored merely Rs 50 crore for natural farming-related programmes.

“Lastly, the quantity launched was simply Rs 33 crore and that, too, 15 days previous to the tip of the monetary yr. Of what use is that cash?” Anand sought to know.

He stated he has given a number of representations to the CM, searching for elevated budgetary allocation.  

This lower in budgetary allocation is pushing Karnataka on the backfoot on the subject of adoption of natural farming, stated Jayaprasad, an natural farmer and president of Hassan and Kodagu Regional Cooperative Natural Farmers’ Affiliation Federation.

Though Karnataka was among the many early adopters of natural farming, in the present day states equivalent to Assam and Sikkim are faring higher.

Infra, advertising undergo

It is because the state didn’t observe up with satisfactory funds, he stated. With no funds for primary infrastructure or advertising, farmers are resorting again to chemical farming, he identified.

“The federal government had sanctioned to our federation Rs 50 lakh in 2016. This was launched solely two months in the past. That is the apathy,” he lamented. 

In response to him, every of the 15 natural farmers’ federations within the state requires not less than Rs 25 lakh of annual funds to get extra farmers to develop and market their
produce.  

‘No dip, it’s diversification’

Nevertheless, what might seem as a lower in allocation is, actually, diversification of the funds for varied sustainable modes of agriculture, based on agriculture commissioner Brijesh Kumar Dikshit.

The federal government is taking a look at increasing past natural farming into different modes of sustainable agriculture equivalent to pure farming, agro-ecology amongst others.

Concentrate on pure farming

“This yr, there might be emphasis on pure farming. Nonetheless, this doesn’t imply that we are going to not give attention to natural farming,” the official instructed DH

Karnataka has about 1.7 lakh hectares of land licensed as natural cultivation, which is about 2% of the overall cultivated land. 

The present allocation of Rs 20 crore might be satisfactory if the federal government proclaims extra funding for pure farming or converges varied programmes in associated departments equivalent to horticulture, for example, opined N Devakumar, director of extension, GKVK, Bengaluru. 

Nonetheless, it’s time for the federal government to focus past manufacturing of natural crops and have a look at post-production and advertising, he added.   

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