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Parampragat Kheti Holds the Potential to Sustain Soil Health and Crop Productivity

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tarn Taran working under the administrative control of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organised farmer-scientist interaction programme under Parampragat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) project implemented at KVK, where 24 farmers of the district interacted with KVK experts on the aspect of parampragat kheti (organic farming). In inaugural session of the programme, Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T), KVK Tarn Taran welcomes all the participants and told that Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) was launched by Government of India in 2015 with the aim of supporting and promoting organic farming to ensure sustainable soil health and crop productivity. Dr Kumar enlightened that the demands for organic produce are growing rapidly in almost all parts of the globe because of growing health concerns. So, the prime objective of PKVY is to produce chemicals and pesticides residues free agricultural products by adopting eco-friendly and low cost technologies. Dr Anil Kumar, Soil Scientist at KVK elaborated the detailed action plan of PKVY project implemented at KVK. He said that KVK will provide trainings on organic seed/seedling production, various input production of organic farming such as compost/vermicompost production, preparation of Panchgayya, jeevamruth, beejamruth, botanical extracts production units, etc. and exposure visits to institutes of repute in organic farming. He told that organic foods promote healthier and more sustainable use of natural resources. Conventional farming methods involving excessive use of chemicals have led to a decline in soil fertility over many years. Thus, organic farming try to minimise damage to the environment through manual weed control, green manuring, recycling of crop residue, strengthening of soil microbes through biofertilizer application, inclusion of organic manures, etc. Dr A. Kumar also stressed that organic farms are only certified after they have been operating according to organic principles for at least three years, therefore, it is mandatory for exported organic produce to be certified and meet the National Standard for organic produce. Dr Navjot Singh Brar (Agronomist) elaborated the detailed package of practices of organic cropping systems. He emphasized specially on weed control and suggested that organic grower can control weeds through crop rotations, cover crops, organic mulches, mechanical control at critical stages, etc. Dr Anil Kumar proposed vote of thanks for participants and said that hopefully each will cooperate in making this scheme a grand success.

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