Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Promoting production of Organic Fertilizers

NEW DELHI, 12 Aug [PIB]: Government is promoting production of organic fertilizers in the country through various programmes under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) and Network Project on Organic Farming under ICAR.
Under Soil Health Management (SHM) component of NMSA, financial assistance upto 33% of financial outlay, subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.63 lakh for establishment of agro/vegetable waste compost production units, and 25% of financial outlay subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.40 lakh for bio-fertiliser production units, is provided as back-ended subsidy through NABARD. And also, financial assistance upto 50% of cost subject to a limit of Rs.5, 000 per hectare and Rs.10, 000 per beneficiary is provided for promotion of organic inputs including organic fertilizers.
Assistance has been provided for 42 bio-fertiliser production units and 16 agro/vegetable waste compost production units under the scheme.
The ICAR has developed technologies to prepare various types or organic manures such as phosphocompost, vermi-compost, bio-enriched compost, municipal solid waste compost etc. from various organic wastes. Improved and efficient strains of bio-fertilizers specific to different crops and soil types are being developed under Network Project on Soil Biodiversity – Biofertilizers being operated in 14 different States. Liquid biofertilizer technology with high shelf life has also been developed.
This information was given today by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in a written reply to Lok Sabha questions.

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