New Delhi [India], September 10 (ANI): The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal Shakti in collaboration with APAC News Network organised the tenth version of ‘Igniting Young Minds Rejuvenating Rivers’ webinar on Thursday with the goal of connecting youth and college students with river conservation and promotion programmes.
According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the theme of the webinar was Natural Farming. In this particular session, the necessity to successfully educate the youth about pure farming in Ganga basin states beneath Arth Ganga Project was mentioned.
Giving the keynote deal with, DG, NMCG, G Asok Kumar gave an outline of the Namami Gange Programme and knowledgeable concerning the varied steps being taken to make River Ganga Nirmal and Aviral.
Kumar highlighted the considerations of seepage of chemical substances from fields into the river basin, and the necessity for chemical-free farming on the banks of River Ganga for improved biodiversity and the standard of water.
He mentioned that pure farming is without doubt one of the most vital pillars of Arth Ganga and it will possibly deal with a number of points associated to Ganga rejuvenation.
Recalling the imaginative and prescient given by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi within the first assembly of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur in 2019, he highlighted NMCG’s efforts in direction of sustainable agriculture with pure farming being one of many pillars of the Arth Ganga mannequin.
He mentioned Namami Gange’s efforts in figuring out air pollution sources and placing diversion methods to deal with unclean water.
“With Nirmal Jal Kendras (STPs), quality water is being put back into rivers,” he knowledgeable.
On pure farming, he mentioned that the chemical fertilizers utilized in farming stream into the river with rainwater and pollute the water our bodies. It turns into a serious nonpoint air pollution supply.
He known as for the ‘More Net Income Per Drop’ marketing campaign, a step forward of the ‘More Crop Per Drop’ slogan.
This places emphasis on the web revenue from the sale of crops in a monetised financial system by lowering the expenditure of farmers by pure farming.
This is according to lowering the utilization of chemical substances and using pure technique of crop manufacturing.
With pure farming, he famous that “we can save 50-70 per cent of water in the economy wherein at least 85-90 per cent of water is used in the agriculture sector. This will ensure efficient usage of water and save water being used for other purposes like drinking water.”He talked about that interactions with farmers and plenty of rounds of discussions with consultants is being undertaken by Namami Gange, to coach farmers about the advantages of pure farming and convey a behavioural change of their farming practices.
Kumar additionally careworn the significance of supporting farmers by the method by handholding initially. He advocated for post-harvesting advertising methods to assist model the produce coming from these farmers.
“This will help in increasing the revenue of farmers growing crops through natural farming. Hence, Prime Minister’s vision of linking people to rivers can be achieved through Namami Gange’s natural farming project,” he added.
Sharing his insights concerning the significance of consciousness and participation, Pro Vice Chancellor, IMS Unison University, Dehradun, Ravikesh Srivastava talked about bettering the mindset concerning the relevance of unpolluted water by faculty schooling.
He propagated lively participation of communities straight or not directly residing close to the Ganga basin.
Srivastava emphasised the financial analysis workouts to see the bottom impression of Ganga tasks.
He additionally famous the significance of giving premium product standing to crops produced by pure farming. He ended his deal with with a suggestion to proceed extra targeted analysis on pure farming within the agricultural universities of India.
Vice Chancellor, GNS University, Bihar Dr MK Singh talked about mixing the practices of pure and chemical-based farming.
He additionally mentioned zero-budget farming and varied research that confirmed decreased farming prices and elevated farmers’ revenue because of pure farming practices. With pure farming, there was a substantial enchancment to soil’s bodily and psychological well being.
Speaking concerning the distinction between pure and natural farming, Agriculture Expert and Vice President of DeHaat Dinesh Chauhan, talked about that India ought to deal with farm practices that present a minimal hostile impression on the surroundings and the well being of the customers.
He recalled the ‘Beej Se Bazaar Tak’ slogan and highlighted the relevance of selecting pure farming practices.
With points in securing certifications required to promote crops from natural farming, small farmers run the chance of being unable to safe the precise cash for his produce with out correct certifications, Chauhan mentioned.
He additionally highlighted the significance of using traceability of crops produced by pure farming being accomplished with the assistance of barcodes. It was famous that with the validation of crops, the profitability of the crops will enhance and promote sustainable agriculture practices.
Pro Vice-Chancellor, SGT University, Gurugram, Dr Vikas Dhawan mentioned the wholesome way of life by pure meals within the fashionable period.
He famous that farmers have to be educated on pure farming, guaranteeing long-lasting impacts on the surroundings and the well being of the patron.
The panellists of the webinar included Dr Dinesh Chauhan, Dr MK Singh, Dr Ravikesh Srivastava, and Dr Vikas Dhawan together with college students of Uttaranchal University- Abhishek Singh and Bandana Rawat.
The session was presided over by the Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, G Asok Kumar. The webinar ended with an interactive session with college students. (ANI)