THIS BAISAKHI, organic farming will be the theme of a few Sikh organisations to encourage farmers in adopting organic farming and helping them market their product.
Organic farming is the practice of not using any artificial chemicals in cultivation. It had received Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s backing last month.
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Two international Sikh organisations, Akhand Kirtani Jatha and EcoSikh, will organise a four-day Baisakhi mela from April 10 to 13 in various gurdwaras in Amritsar. They will also prepare the langar on all these days using organically farmed ingredients. The event, they hope, will encourage farmers to take natural farming more seriously.
“We have already procured wheat flour, rice and pulses grown following organic methods. Over 150 farmers from Jalandhar will send their produce a day before the mela at Sewa Singh Hall on Sultanvind road where the langar will be cooked,” said Gurjeet Singh, Incharge of EcoSikh from Amritsar said. “Daily more than 10,000 people are expected to attend this langar. “This is a baby step towards helping farmers in doing marketing of their products as well,” he added.
“We will also have stalls in the hall so that people can be made aware of the benefits of organic farming. They will also be encouraged to make organic langar in community gatherings,” said Ibadat Singh, board member, EcoSikh. Akhand Kirtani Jatha will organise eight hours of Kirtan Darbar in various Gurudwaras during the four days.