Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana Current Affairs - 2020

India-Germany sign MoU on Zero Budget Natural Farming

On January 9, 2020, the Andhra Pradesh Government signed Memorandum of Understanding with a German firm to implement Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state.

Highlights

The state Government will take a loan of Rs 1015 crores to spend towards climate resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming. The project aims to cover 2.39 lakh farmers in 600 villages. The project was included in the Budget presentation of 2019. Along with ZBNF implementation, the Government will also implement Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

Zero Budget Natural Farming

It is a chemical-free agricultural farming practice. The Government of India is promoting ZBNF through Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana since 2015-16.

According to Economic Survey, 2018, more than 1.6 lalkh farmers are practicing Zero Budget Natural Farming in over 1000 villages. The ZBNF was first adopted by Karnataka. In 2018, Andhra Pradesh was the first state to introduce an ambitious plan of 100% of natural farming in the state by 2024.

Currently, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is researching ZBNF methods on wheat and basmati.

States practicing ZBNF

The states that are practicing Zero Budget Natural Farming includes AP, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala. All crops can be grown using ZBNF in all agro-climatic zones.

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Agri-Business Incubation Centre set up in Chhattisgarh

Union Agriculture Ministry has set up an Agri Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh. The centre has been set up by Agriculture Ministry in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

About Agri Business Incubation Centre

Agri Business Incubation Centre is set up under National Agriculture Development Scheme- RAFTAAR (Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation).

It is established to focus on innovations, skill building and entrepreneurs development in agriculture and allied sectors.

It will also act as catalyst for developing an ecosystem conducive for growth of agripreneurship (i.e. entrepreneurship in agriculture) in state and foster a start-up culture.

About National Agriculture Development Scheme- RAFTAAR

Background: In November 2017 Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (or National Agriculture Development Scheme) as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) for a period of 3 years i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20

Objective: To make farming a remunerative economic activity by strengthening farmer’s effort, risk mitigation and promoting agribusiness entrepreneurship.

Mandate: Under the scheme, guidance, technology and infrastructure will be provided to youth and entrepreneurs for start-ups in different areas of agriculture.

Continuation of RKVY-RAFTAAR will therefore keep momentum of agriculture and allied sector growth.

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