Natural farming is solution for food security: PM Modi

File photo of Modi
File photo of Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to farmers across India, especially 80 per cent who are small land holding farmers, to adopt natural farming and look for nature-based solutions that can provide food security as well as help achieve balance with nature.

Stating that some states such as his home state Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh have already taken to natural farming, PM Modi also appealed to all state governments to take up natural farming as 'jan andolan' and ensure that at least one village in every Panchayat is 100 per cent into natural farming.

"We need to take away farming from the chemistry lab to nature's lab. And when I say nature's laboratory, it is entirely science-based," Modi said while virtually addressing the farmers during the valedictory session of 'National Conclave on Natural Farming' being held at Anand in Gujarat.

Along with natural farming, the role of indigenous cows too is very important, he said, adding, the land that needs less irrigation can better withstand droughts and floods.

"When the world is chanting the mantra of 'Back to Basics', we need to remember that our civilization was based on agriculture, so imagine, how advanced our knowledge about farming must have been," the Prime Minister said and reminded the audience of detailed mentions about agriculture related issues in the ancient works right from Rig Veda, Atharv Veda to Puranas and Parashar Rishi to 'Krushak Kavi Ghagh' in north India to 'Sant Thiruvallur' in south India. He also recited a Sanskrit shloka and a couplet from poet Ghagh's works.

Reminding almost eight crore farmers listening to him virtually across India that he had challenged the world to adopt LIFE - Life Style for Environment - during the recent climate change summit, Modi said, "In the 21st century, it is India that is going to lead, it is the Indian farmers that are going to lead. As we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and march into the Amrit Kaal (time till India's 100 years of Independence), India will provide for the world a better solution for food security along with balance with nature through natural farming."

There is no denying that fertilizers played an important role in the green revolution, but it is equally important to look for alternatives to it, he said.

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