A three-time BJP MP Friday suggested that the government should provide subsidy for gobar (cowdung) manure and create a gobar bank in order to make India an organic farming hub and to protect cows from being slaughtered.
“If you can give subsidies for chemical fertilisers, why can’t you give subsidy for cowdung manure. If you subsidise cowdung manure, it will help reduce cattle slaughter. Cow slaughter will not be stopped through law,” said Virendra Singh, the MP from Bhadohi, UP, while participating in a debate on a Private Member’s Bill on implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers. “If there is a subsidy, people will think that even if the cow stops giving milk, there is some income from it.”
Pointing out that the Ministry of Agriculture deals with many issues that come under different ministries such as power, trade, food processing, public distribution system, he also suggested that there should be a ministry which could be named as ‘Krishi and Kissan Kalyan Mantralaya’. “No other ministry has such a wide infrastructure. Why can’t there be a separate budget for agriculture?” he said.
The MP said Indian farmers had learnt how to do farming from the Vedas. “Where do you think the Indian farmers had learned that the month of Ashad (rainy season) is the time for kharif crops and Kartik (November) for rabi crops? All these were written in the Vedas and the farmers got the knowledge from it.”