A government-backed technology has been developed to help farmers to use fertilizers and other chemicals in farming.
The Government of India (GoI) said the new technology would help farmers reduce the carbon footprint of their agriculture.
The technology has already been tested and verified by a group of farmers in Gujarat.
“The technology can reduce carbon footprint significantly and is currently being tested and validated by the farmer, farmer partners and environmental groups,” GoI’s Secretary-General Amitabh Kant said.
“We are looking at the use of this technology in other areas such as agro-ecology and water management, and are considering how to expand the technology,” he said.
Kant said the government would seek public consultation on the technology, which was being developed by a consortium of scientists and agronomists led by Dr Sudhir Jadhav, from the University of Gujarat.
He said the technology was being tested in three areas: agroforestry, water management and agricultural fertilizers.
The technology is being tested by farmers and partners, who will be able to submit the results of tests in a year, Kant said, adding that the GoI would also look at other ways of saving the environment.
Kante said the Goi’s government was in the process of setting up a National Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Biotechnology, or NCARBE.
The Goi has set up a new energy and biotechnology centre in Hyderabad, with the aim of developing the technology into a full-fledged national centre.
The centre would focus on research, development and commercialization of agricultural technologies for the use in agriculture.