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Post at: Aug 17 2021

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY)

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  • On July 27,2021, Union Minister of Agriculture and farmers welfare informed the Lok Sabha about the organisation of 108 training programmes, under Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY) across 24 states/UTs.

About PDDUUKSY

  • The scheme was launched to develop human resource in organic farming, nautral farming and cow based economy for environmental sustenance and soil health.
  • It was launched as an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and is being carried out by Education wing of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • It was started with establishment of 100 centres and 108 training programmes were organised for the awareness of the farmers during the period of operation
  • It was launched in 2016.

Benefits of Cow-Based Economy

  • Since time immemorial, India has been agrarian country and cow has been its backbone.
  • Compost & fertilizers made from cow dung are organic, natural & cheap (close to zero investment) sources to increase yield for farmers. 
  • Farmers can save money by developing Gobar Gas plant.
  • The cow based farming maintains ecological balance beautifully and the fertility of soil increases with the use of cow based products. This makes it possible for farmers to take multiple crops in an year and earn profits.

Way Forward

  • The organisation of training programmes for the awareness of the farmers under PDDUUKSY is a welcome step by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. More need based support must be provided in critical areas to agricultural universities for strengthening and quality assurance of higher agricultural education in the country. The training programmes for farmers in the field of organic farming, natural farming and other latest technologies should also continue for the benefit of the society as a whole.

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