Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday beneficial considered use of chemical compounds in agriculture. “The contribution of the chemical industry to Indian agriculture cannot be underestimated, but a balance has to be maintained to achieve sustainability,” he mentioned.
Whereas the federal government is making all efforts to encourage natural farming, it’s not straightforward to fully shift from the usage of chemical compounds in agriculture, the minister mentioned on the tenth version of the Agrochemicals Convention, a webinar organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Trade (FICCI).
The minister mentioned India had carved out a separate place for itself within the world market within the export of agri commodities and now ranks among the many high two producers of main agri commodities. India additionally ranks among the many high 10 exporters in a number of commodities. The momentum has already been created and efforts are being made to double farmers’ incomes, he mentioned.
Tomar cited the instance his current go to to Jammu & Kashmir for the inauguration of the Saffron Park, the place farmers mentioned they’re now getting a value of Rs 2 lakh per kg as a result of value-added services on the park, as in opposition to Rs 1 lakh per kg earlier. Even in the course of the pandemic, Tomar mentioned, farmers have labored laborious to reap bumper manufacturing, and the farm sector has contributed considerably to the GDP.
Ramesh Chand, member, NITI Aayog, mentioned in his keynote tackle that it is very important combine the ideas of natural farming together with the usage of agrochemicals in a considered and sustainable method. He cited the instance of Sri Lanka, the place solely natural farming was inspired with disastrous outcomes.
“India has practiced traditional or organic farming for years without much success. One has to learn to differentiate between completely discarding something or using it in a balanced manner,” he mentioned.
Bhagwant Singh Khuba, minister of state, chemical compounds & fertilisers, and MoS, new & renewable power, urged agrochemical industries to incorporate extra farmers of their community and supply them with good high quality chemical compounds and fertilisers, along with educating them concerning the considered use of pesticides. He additionally launched a information paper ready by PwC & FICCI.