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Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY)

Topics Covered: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Unnat Krishi Shiksha Yojana (PDDUUKSY):


Context:

So far, 108 training programmes have been organised across 24 states/UTs under the scheme.

 

About PDDUUKSY:

 

Objectives:

  1. To build skilled Human Resource at village level who are relevant for development organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
  2. Provide rural India with technical support in the field of Organic Farming or Natural Farming or Rural Economy or Sustainable Agriculture.
  3. To extend other activities of this Yojana at village level through there established centres.

 

The designated Centers may select the farmers for this initiative, subject to the conditions that:

  1. The farmers must be assessed in terms of their interest in organic farming, natural farming and cow-based economy prior to their selection.
  2. Priority must be attached to the farmers who are currently practising organic farming, natural farming or cow-based economy.
  3. Farmers of all communities must be given a fair representation.
  4. The selection shouldn’t involve any gender discrimination.

 

Significance of the Cow-Based Economy:

India’s traditions and practices, at least some of them, holds greater value than what was thought in the dawn of its modern state; and so is the case with the way the nation has always treated its cows.

  • This domestic animal has been an integral part of rural India since the days of yore.
  • With respect to agriculture, Indian cow breeds are proven to possess genetic capacity that produces better quality milk.
  • The milk so produced contains a higher level of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is anti-carcinogenic.
  • Apart from that, cow urine can be used as a bio-fertilizer and post repellant which helps in increasing crop production with reduced costs.

Given these facets, the government considers cow farms among its major focal areas.

 

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InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Key features of the scheme.
  2. Eligibility.
  3. Benefits.

Mains Link:

What is cow based economy? Discuss the significance of such economies.

Sources: the Hindu.