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NITI Aayog’s farming consultation to BAU CEO

NITI Aayog's farming consultation
BAU CEO S Jaiswal

Sumedha Chaudhury

Ranchi, Sept 29
Siddharth Jaiswal, Chief Executive Officer of BPD-BAU Society of Birsa Agricultural University has been invited to the national level consultation on ‘Principles and practices of Bhartiya Prakrishik Krishi Paddhati (Natural Farming) being organised by NITI Aayog on Wednesday through video conference.

He will present his views on ‘Impact evaluation of natural farming and its potential’ at the technical session to be chaired by Professor Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog. Altogether 10 experts including Dr AK Singh, Deputy Director General (Extension), ICAR, Dr Sumitra Arora, Principal Scientist, ICAR-National Research Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi and Dr Vandana Dwivedi, Consultant, Integrated Nutrient Management, MoA&FW will share their views on adoption and impact evaluation of natural farming during the technical session on September 30, informed BAU media incharge Pankaj Vatsal.


Kailash Chowdhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Dr Vallabhbhai Kathiria, Chairman of the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, GoI, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and Dr. Rakesh Sarwal, Addl Secretary, NITI Aayog will be part of inaugural session of the two-day event.

After obtaining a master’s degree in science from Delhi University and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Siddharth Jaiswal has been engaged in promoting cow-based organic farming (Amrit Krishi) in Jharkhand, Bihar, MP, Gujarat for over a decade, added Vatsal.


Under the guidance of BAU-BPD Society, hundreds of farmers are practicing Amrit Krishi in Ranchi, Bokaro, Hazaribag, East Singhbhum and Khunti districts. The Society has developed natural farming based Organic Kitchen Gardens in 10 Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls School in Ranchi and 10 Government High Schools in Dumka with the support of respective district administration. Lohardaga district administration also has sanctioned a project to BAU for developing such kitchen gardens in government high schools of the district.


With the objective of increasing the availability of organic farm produce to the general public, the Society has also promoted several start ups as marketing channels. Paddy produced using indigenous seed and amrit krishi techniques are being sold at Rs 40-50 per kg under the monitoring of BAU-BPD Society. At the national nutrition conference organised by AIIMS, New Delhi in the year 2018, BAU research paper on Amrit Krishi bagged first prize of Rs One lakh in cash.


According to Siddharth Jaiswal, nutritional content in farm produce was decreasing day by day due to increasing application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in soils. Produce of natural farming not only contains higher nutritional content but also fetches higher prices in the market. Water is always a limiting factor for agriculture in the undulating topography of Jharkhand. Chemical based farming requires a higher amount of water while the trend is reversed in natural farming. Under this scenario, natural farming has all potential of becoming the strength of the state as it requires less water. With lesser dependence on seeds and fertilizers produced by foreign multinational companies, farmers will become self-reliant using indigenous seed and natural farm practices. Increased requirement of cow dung and cow urine in natural farming will also promote cattle rearing in rural areas. This will also lead to increased milk production enabling the state to fight prevailing large scale malnutrition.


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