March 3, 2015 4:32:37 am
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday announced the setting up of a Organic Farming Board in the state. He was speaking at the valedictory function of the fifth National Organic Farming Convention at National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR).
The CM said that promotion of organic farming in the state was the need of the hour and the state government was committed to motivate the farmers for it. However, at the same time, he said that it was obligatory on the part of national as well as regional organisations working for this cause to come forward to demonstrate the concept on the farms at village level.
Badal pointed out that the Punjabi farmer was quiet resilient and never hesitated to follow new practices of farming provided he was assured of profitability, marketability and sustainability of his produce. “Here comes the crucial role of activists, scientists and progressive farmers committed to the cause of organic farming to prevail upon our farmers to shift from inorganic farming to organic one,” he added.
The CM added that the state has been taking initiatives to popularise organic farming through its nodal agency Punjab Agro and till date nearly 1,000 farmers have been registered as certified organic farmers who were undertaking organic farming on 550 acres across the state. He said that 1,000 farmers would be registered every year to save people from ill effects of use of pesticides, insecticides and chemicals fertilizers.
During the three-day convention, several activities were organised for the farmers. Sessions on soil conservation, water management as well as use of pesticides were held. Organic seeds were promoted with farmers encouraged to exchange these seeds. Experts highlighted that with hybrid seeds the problem was that these had to be purchased from companies every year. Stalls for organic food were also put up.
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