2018-12-18

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana : Starred Question in Loksabha

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

(a) the details of progress made under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) along with the details of funds allocated and activities undertaken under the scheme during the last four years, State-wise including Andhra Pradesh; 
(b) whether the said Yojana has been implemented by the Government for the sole purpose of promotion of organic research and development and if so, the details thereof; 
(c) whether the scheme has achieved its aims and objectives in promoting organic farming in the country and if so, the details thereof along with the details of total agricultural area brought under organic farming during the period from 2014 to 2018, State and year-wise; 
(d) the number of farmers selected for providing financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 per hectare, per farmer during 2014-2018 including Bihar along with the details thereof; and 
(e) the number of organic research projects funded by the Government, State/UT-wise since the inception of this scheme and the action taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to encourage research on organic farming in the coming years along with the actual fiscal allocation made by the Government for this purpose?

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE

LOK SABHA

STARRED QUESTION NO: 107                                                   ANSWERED ON: 18.12.2018

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

BHARATI DHIRUBHAI SHIYAL
RAMESH CHANDER KAUSHIK

Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE be pleased to state:-

(a) the details of progress made under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) along with the details of funds allocated and activities undertaken under the scheme during the last four years, State-wise including Andhra Pradesh; 
(b) whether the said Yojana has been implemented by the Government for the sole purpose of promotion of organic research and development and if so, the details thereof; 
(c) whether the scheme has achieved its aims and objectives in promoting organic farming in the country and if so, the details thereof along with the details of total agricultural area brought under organic farming during the period from 2014 to 2018, State and year-wise; 
(d) the number of farmers selected for providing financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 per hectare, per farmer during 2014-2018 including Bihar along with the details thereof; and 
(e) the number of organic research projects funded by the Government, State/UT-wise since the inception of this scheme and the action taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to encourage research on organic farming in the coming years along with the actual fiscal allocation made by the Government for this purpose?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE
(SHRI RADHA MOHAN SINGH)

(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 107 DUE FOR REPLY ON 18TH DECEMBER, 2018.

(a), (c) & (d): Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) has been implemented since 2015-16 for the first time in the country to promote chemical free organic farming in cluster approach with Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) certification. The scheme aims at maintaining soil health, reducing cost of cultivation, empowering farmers through Institutional building and also supports farmers in providing value addition and marketing linkage to their organic products. Under the scheme assistance is provided to the farmers for cluster formation, capacity building, procuring inputs, processing, packing, labelling, branding and marketing of organic products. 

During the period 2015-16 to 2017-18, the scheme could successfully brought in 2, 37,820 hectare (11,891 clusters of 20 hectares each) of area under organic farming against the target of 2 lakh hectares and 5,94, 550 farmers got benefited under the scheme . An amount of Rs.582.47 crore has been released to the States. The state wise details of area covered, farmers benefitted and funds released during 2015- 16 to 2017-18 including Andhra Pradesh and Bihar is given at Annexure I. 

In addition, a dedicated scheme for promotion of organic farming in north east region i.e. Mission Organic value chain Development in North East region 
(MOVCDNER) has been implemented for the first time since 2015-16 aiming at export of organic products. Under the scheme during the period 2015-16 to 2017-18, 100 FPOs are formed, 45,918 hectares area is covered and 50,000 farmers got benefited. An amount of Rs 235.74 crores has been released to the states during the period.
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(b) & (e): The main purpose of PKVY is to motivate farmers and promote organic farming in the country. As such the scheme has no research component on organic farming, however, Indian Council of Agricultural Research through its Plan Scheme “Network Project on Organic Farming” (NPOF) is undertaking research to develop location specific organic farming package of practices (PoP) for crops and cropping systems. Presently, the project is being implemented in 20 centres covering 16 states. Organic farming package of practices for 45 crops/cropping systems have been developed that provides technical backstopping to PKVY. The details of Centres of Network project on Organic farming (NPOF) is given at Annexure ll. The allocation for 2017-18 to 2019-20 is Rs. 5.487 crore. 
In addition, National Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF) under Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has been involved in imparting trainings to foreign delegates, state agriculture departments, farmers, regional councils on organic farming practices and is also acting as secretariat for participatory Guarantee System (PGS) Certification. 

Source: Loksabha

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