PULWAMA: As part of efforts to transform the agriculture sector in Pulwama, entailing better remuneration for farmers, Chief Agriculture Officer, Pulwama, M Y Shah on Thursday called for expansion of organic farming across the district. He urged upon farmers to use organic fertilisers in their fields to avail more benefits in crop production.
Shah was speaking during a daylong ‘organic farming fair’ organised by the Department of Agriculture Pulwama here at Bangund, Kakapora, a handout read.
Banagund, Kakapora is the first village in the district which has gone organic. Organic farming is a system which limits the use of synthetic inputs such as fertilisers, pesticides, hormones, feed additives. It relies upon the crop rotation, crop residues, animal manures, off-farm organic waste and biological system of nutrient mobilisation, the handout read.
During the programme, agriculture experts delivered comprehensive lectures on the use of organic fertilisers and their benefits in soil protection and food production.
Stalls of various varieties vegetables, pulses and other crops were also installed by the department.