State level training on organic farming underway

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Kohima, Jul 23: Earth Friendly Generation in collaboration with Vishwa Yuva Kendra (VYK), New Delhi is holding a two-day State Level Training Programme on Organic and Natural Fanning for NGOs, VOs, CBOs, Government department at SIRD Conference Hall.
Speaking on the concept of organic farming during the inaugural function at SIRD Hall here today, Founder and Director Rural Connect Botoshe said organic agriculture is an integrated production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity balancing environment.
He said the primary aim at cultivating the land and raising crops was to keep the soil alive in good health by use of organic waste (crop waste, animal, farm waste) and beneficial microbes to release nutrients to crops increasing sustainable production in an eco friendly pollution free environment.
Botoshe added that excess use of chemical fertilizers and artificial growth regulators has led to an issue called “pollution” he said the need of the hour was a natural balance between life and property for existence.
Keeping in view the fact that fossil fuels are on their way of extinction and are non-renewable he said Organic farming, nature friendly ways of farming and agriculture has gained importance.
He also informed that during the 20 years, nearly 300,000 farmers have ended their lives by ingesting pesticides or by committing suicide where Maharashtra state topped the list with 60,000 farmers committing suicide.
Further Botoshe said the suicide rate among Indian farmers was around 45 % than the national average, according to a 2011 census.
He said nature was the best teacher for low cost organic farming as it gives healthy and nutritious food, better health and less illness/disease, less expensive and protects, manage the environment for the next generation.
Chemical farming was a debt trap stating that 5 acres (Rs. 40,000 per year) was used on chemical fertilizers and pesticides which was more prone to pests, insects, disease and also hardens the soil reducing water retention capacity leading to more water and electricity required fro, irrigation, he said.
The training programme will conclude tomorrow. (Page News Service)