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UP to introduce Direct Benefit Transfer for fertilizer: Adityanath

ANI  |  Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) 

on Wednesday announced to introduce (DBT) for fertilizer and

He made this announcement after opening six-day 'Zero Investment Natural Agriculture' workshop here, which is being organised by Lok

Adityanath said his favours transferring subsidy amount directly into the account of the beneficiaries, so that theft by middlemen is curbed.

"We are going to introduce of subsidy for fertilizers and so that the farmers should spend the money as per their choice on natural farming, bio farming or fertilize and chemical farming," Adityanath said.

He also informed that the system for ration is also being done in the state that curbed theft in the supply chain level.

"When the did survey of ration cards in the state then 30 lakh ration cards were found to be fake. After due survey, the has allotted 38 lakh new ration cards to the eligible persons. In the urban areas, we have linked Aadhaar with ration cards and given liberty to beneficiaries to purchase ration from the shop of their choice by transferring directly into their accounts. This has curbed theft in the supply chain," the said.

He said the idea of natural farming on zero investment is very noble.

"Agriculture is the biggest contributor in providing employment. If we are able to promote zero investment natural agriculture then it will not only be a revolutionary step for the farmers but also for development of the state," the said.

He also expressed desire to link agriculture universities of the state with the zero investment natural farming technique.

"There are 75 districts and four agriculture universities in the state. We will link the zero investment natural farming with all four agriculture universities. We have either established Agricultural Science Center in every district or are in the process of establishing them. These agriculture science centres will be very helpful for technique and research of zero investment natural farming," Adityanath said.

Talking about the agriculture friendly initiatives of his government, Adityanath said, "In the last 70 years since independence, only 30 soil testing labs were opened in 30 districts. In the last nine years, we have opened 43 soil testing labs."

and officials of Lok were also present on the occasion.

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First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 18:15 IST