Lucknow, July 19 (UNI) To boost natural farming in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi government has decided to promote cluster farming in seven districts of Bundelkhand region.
A proposal in this regard was passed during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Lok Bhawan on Tuesday. Comprising Chitrakoot, Banda, Jhansi, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Mahoba and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh, the Bundelkhand region is one of the most backward region that is continuously being boosted to develop by the double engine Modi-Yogi government.
Giving details of the decisions taken during the meeting, Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said, “It has been decided to promote natural farming in 47 development blocks in seven districts of Bundelkhand region.”
He said that natural farming will be done on 500 hectare land and it has been decided to cover an area of 23,500 hectare in the next five years in a phased manner.
Shahi said that the cabinet has decided that an expenditure of Rs 68.83 crore on natural farming will be borne from the resources of the state government. “Each cluster will be of 50 hectare and priority will be given to farmers, who own a cow or those willing to rear a cow from the shelter,” he said.
He said that it will not only save the fertility of the soil, but will also solve the problem of stray animals in Bundelkhand. “It will also lead to savings of foreign exchange being spent on fertilisers and pesticides,” he said.
He said that as per the proposal 100 research scholars from IT and other sectors will be deployed in these blocks. “The research scholars will be paid a fellowship of Rs 20,000 per month and they will also be provided with a cabinet for data feeding,” he said.
He said that in another important decision the cabinet cleared a proposal to appoint a consultant to achieve the target of turning UP into a 1 trillion dollar economy. The minister said that a tender was floated and seven bids were received.
Apart from a big chunk in Uttar Pradesh, the Bundelkhand region also borders six districts in Madhya Pradesh — Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Sagar, Datia and Panna.