Thursday, April 14, 2016

Promoting organic farming

Healthy initiative:The Agriculture Department will hold a fairon April 16 to popularise the use of millets and crops grown organically.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

In a bid to create awareness and popularise the use of both agriculture and horticulture crops grown organically, the Agriculture Department is holding an organic fair on April 16 on its premises.
Over 500 farmers, who grow crops organically, from seven taluks in the district are expected to take part.
M. Mahanteshappa, Joint Director of Agriculture Department, said that there would be over 35 stalls displaying these crops. Similarly, varieties of food recipes of millets would be displayed. Farmers and representatives of NGOs and agriculture officials would explain to visitors about the importance of using millets and crops grown under the organic method. People would be enlightened about leading a natural holistic, healthy life, he said.
Underlining the importance of growing crops under Javik Krishi (organic), Mr. Mahanteshappa said that organic farming primarily aims at cultivating land and raising crops in such a way, so as to keep soil alive and in good health. It is the use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, and aquatic wastes) and other biological materials to grow crops. He said it was high time that people were educated about having pesticide-free food. Deputy Directors of Agriculture Department Chandrakala and Somashekar explained the benefits of using millets and crops grown organically.
It is high time that people are educated about having pesticide-free food
M. Mahanteshappa,Joint Director, Agriculture Dept.

Source : The Hindu 

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