Launched in 2015 as a centrally sponsored scheme, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is an extended component of Soil Health Management. The scheme is implemented under the project National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture.
Under this scheme, the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for organic farming is promoted by the government of India wherein organic villages are adopted using a cluster approach.
The primary objective of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is producing chemical- and pesticide-free agricultural produce; it ensures the implementation of eco-friendly low-cost technologies in the agricultural sector. Other objectives of the scheme are as follows:
- Encouraging organic farming in rural areas and among farmers, customers, and traders
- Spreading awareness about the latest organic farming-related technologies
- Consulting agricultural experts from the public agricultural research system
- Motivating farmers for natural resource utilization and mobilization and raising the income of farmers throughout the country
Under this scheme, over 50 farmers comprise a cluster with 50-acre land available for organic farming. In the 3-year span of the scheme, over 10,000 clusters have been formed and in total 5 lac acre land has been taken up for organic farming.
Each farmer receives Rs. 20,000 per acre for 3 years. The amount covers all expenses, including procuring seeds, harvesting crops, and transporting produce to various markets.
Under this scheme, the total budget of a 20-hectare or 50-acre cluster is Rs. 10 lac, whereas that for immobilization and PGS certification is Rs. 4.95 lac.
Minimum 30% of the allocated budget is earmarked for women farmers.
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