These happen to be ancient practices with little or no scientific evidence to prove they are beneficial.
The government is planning to give incentives to farmers who take up traditional farming methods like yogik farming, rishi krishi, and gou mata kheti, according to a report by Mint.
These happen to be ancient practices with little or no scientific evidence to prove they are beneficial, the report stated.
The scheme will be rolled out under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Mint reported, adding that farmers who adopt these methods will be eligible for assistance of Rs 48,700 per hectare for a three-year period from the government.
The guidelines for the scheme were released on April 2, while some of the techniques covered under the scheme were showcased at the government's Krishi Unnati Mela organised in New Delhi last month. A budgetary allocation of Rs 360 crore has been made for the scheme.
An official from the National Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF) told the financial daily that the ministry had decided to go through with including these non-scientific methods for financial assistance, despite the NCOF raising objections against the decision.
According to the new guidelines, practices like yogik farming, gou mata kheti, Vedic farming, Vaishnav kheti, Ahinsa farming, Adhvoot Shivanand farming, and rishi krishi will be eligible for financial assistance under PKVY.
Cultivators who adopt standard organic farming practices like zero-budget natural farming and permaculture will also benefit from this scheme.
“We do not intend to take farming to the Vedic era but are promoting low-cost environment-friendly methods of farming which certain groups are already practicing... it is too early to say anything more,” an official at the integrated nutrient management division of the ministry told the paper.
Most of these traditional farming methods are little-known among today's generations of farmers. Although the revised guidelines do not mention an exact definition of such methods, the nomenclarure is good enough to provide a rough idea of what each practice might entail.
For instance, Yogik farming refers to a cultivation method wherein farmers are believed to channelize cosmic energy to their fields by performing yoga.