In Maharashtra Organic farming to get a big boostHome

As an alternative to chemical fertilisers the Maharashtra government is drawing up a comprehensive plan to promote organic farming in a phased manner. The Ministry of Agriculture is preparing the draft and special allocations will be made to meet the target. The stress on organic farming reflects the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s view that chemical fertilisers should be done away with and organic manure should replace it.

The Devendra Fadnavis government, under the banner of “sashwat sheti” (assured farming), has roped in non-government organisations related to agriculture, irrigation and industries to adopt a model to bring down expenses on farming, make it more health-centric and assure better financial returns to farmers.

Organic farming finds a special mention in the wholistic approach of the government’s agriculture policy. It stresses how organic farming would help restore soil quality affected due to excessive use of chemical fertilisers.

The minister said, “Apart from awareness campaigns, we will have to make organic compost available to replace chemical fertilizers rampantly used by farmers hoping to get higher and quicker yields.”