Encourage farmers to take up organic farming: Dir Agri

Encourage farmers to take up organic farming: Dir Agri
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Ladakh soon to be JK’s first organic region

SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Monday said encouraging farmers to adopt organic farming will not only enrich the fertility of soil without harming the environment but will also fetch the farmers a rewarding income of their produce.
The Director stated this in a meeting to review the progress of natural farming project that the department is planning to implement from this year, an official handout read.
According to the handout, the department has introduced “Param Paragath Krishi Vikas Yojana (PPKVY)”. “A particular budgetary provision has been kept for its implementation and special funds have been earmarked under PPKVY so that desired results can be achieved,” the director said.
He said “natural farming not only helps to develop soil quality, but it also encourages the growth of soil organisms that are beneficial to promote the production and productivity of different types of crops.
The department is aiming to introduce organic farming in all districts of the Valley in a phased manner and for this purpose villages/cluster of villages would be adopted on the basis of their agro-climatic suitability with respect to different crops, the handout read.
“With increasing health consciousness in the society, demand for organic food products is gaining ground with each passing day as it is good for health,” the director said. He added that from the farmer’s point of view it is more profitable and will help to impart a positive change in the socio-economic conditions of the farming community.
The department has already promoted two districts of Ladakh region on organic lines, and are expecting good results and in near future, Ladakh region will be declared as 100% organic, it further read.
Director agriculture impressed upon the officers of the department and experts in natural farming, to provide all the technical support and guidance to the farmers so that they can overcome all the hurdles and issues confronting them during this entire endeavour. All the senior officers of the department attended the meeting, it added.