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Schemes to promote the judicious use of fertilisers

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

 Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the PM approved a unique package of innovative schemes for farmers.

SchemesObjectives/announcements
PM Programme for Restoration, Awareness Generation, Nourishment and Amelioration of Mother – Earth (PMPRANAM)Announced in Budget 2023-24, it will be launched to incentivise States/ UTs to promote alternate fertilisers and balanced use of chemical fertilisers.
Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme For promoting Organic Fertilisers from Gobardhan Plants.
Introduction of Sulphur coated Urea (Urea Gold)To address the sulphur deficiency of soil and save input costs for the farmers.
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSKs) For the convenience of farmers, farm inputs are being provided as a one-stop solution for all needs of farmers. About one lakh PMKSKs have already come up in the country.

Significance:

  • The approved schemes will help in the judicious use of chemical fertilisers, thereby reducing the input cost of cultivation for the farmers.
  • The initiatives will boost farmers’ income, strengthen natural/organic farming, rejuvenate soil productivity, and ensure food security.