Agriculture News : Organic Farming Needs to be Promoted
Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressed the National
Symposium on Organic Farming for Farmers’ Prosperity, organized by CRIDA and NIRD, Hyderabad.
He said that the Organic farming mandates meeting the complete nutrient requirement of the crop
only through permitted organic inputs and pest management by nonchemical methods. Organic
farming need be promoted in the niche areas.
Organic farming practices can be adopted in isolated and niche areas to produce quality products
and minimize the adverse effects on the environment. Future organic farming need to be linked with
market avenues and export of organic products.
Indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides to control various insectpests and diseases over the years
has destroyed their many natural enemies and soil microflora. This calls for adoption of sustainable
agricultural practices like integrated nutrient management (INM) and integrated pest management (IPM).
Organic farming which does not use any chemical inputs either as fertilizers or pesticides is also
suggested as a viable strategy for achieving sustainable production at least in niche areas.
Mission on Organic Value Chain Development for northeastern region has a provision of Rs.125
crores for 201516 with an objective to form farmers’ groups and certification of organic products.
APEDA is one of the institution which certifies the organic products and facilitates for international
markets. Organic farming practices are mostly associated with improved soil health strategies.