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PROMOTING THE USE OF BIOPESTICIDES AND FERTILIZERS

  Jun 20, 2020

PROMOTING THE USE OF BIOPESTICIDES AND FERTILIZERS

To promote the use of biopesticides in agriculture, Central Insecticide Board & Registration Committee has formulated simplified guidelines for registration of biopesticides as compared to chemical pesticides. During provisional registration granted under Section 9 (3B) of The Insecticides Act, 1968, the applicant is allowed to commercialize the bio-pesticides, unlike chemical pesticides.

What are the various Govt schemes to promote eco-friendly Agriculture?

Government of India is promoting Eco-friendly Agriculture through Organic farming schemes of 

  1. ParamparagatKrishiVikasYojana (PKVY), 
  2. Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) and 
  3. Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CISS) aims for sustainable agriculture production with the eco-friendly process in tune with nature, promoting organic inputs and chemical-free agriculture produce for improving the health condition of the people.

Detailed Schemes to promote Eco-friendly Agriculture:

  1. Under, ParamparagatKrishiVikasYojana (PKVY), assistance of Rs. 50,000 per hectare for 3 years is provided, out of which Rs. 31,000 (62%) is given to the farmers directly through DBT, for inputs (bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides, vermicompost, botanical extracts, etc.) production/ procurement, post-harvest management etc.
  2. Under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), the farmers are given assistance of Rs. 25000 per hectare for 3 years for both on-farm & off-farm organic inputs, and seeds/ planting material.
  3. Under, Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme, Government of India promotes production of bio-fertilizers by providing 100% assistance to State Government / Government Agencies up to a maximum limit of Rs.160.00 lakh/ unit for setting up of state of art liquid/ carrier-based Bio-fertilizer units. 
  4. Similarly, for individuals/ private agencies assistance up to 25% of cost limited to Rs.40 lakh/unit as capital investment is provided through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.
  5. Use of bio-pesticides is promoted by educating farmers through Farmer Field schools and Human Resource Development programmes under Integrated Pest Management approach. 
  6. The bio-pesticides (Trichoderma, Metazhizium, Beauveria etc.) are also multiplied in the Central and State Government laboratories and distributed to farmers.