Dalhousie, March 27
About 13,500 farmers in Chamba district, associated with the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) project, who received training on the innovative Subhash Palekar natural farming technique under a new program called Prakritik Kheti Khushhal Kisan initiated by the state government, are currently using this method in their fields.
Deputy Commissioner DC Rana said more than Rs 1.32 crore was spent in the current year for the successful implementation of the natural farming scheme.
At present, the mixed cultivation of different crops was done on 1,400 hectares. By eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, farmers now used components prepared from cow dung and cow urine (gomutra), Rana said.
Those who had adopted natural farming received 25,000 rupees for the purchase of a cow. In addition, Rs 5,000 for cow transportation and ‘mandi’ fee of Rs 2,000 were also paid, he said. There was also a provision of Rs 8,000 for making ‘gaushalas’ to collect the ‘gomutra’.
The Deputy Director of ATMA Project, Om Prakash Ahir, said that due to the increase in the number of earthworms and microorganisms in the soil, which are very beneficial to the crops, the fertility of the soil has increased. . With this method, the cost of production had been reduced and the yield had almost doubled.