Agri technocrats to study potential of organic farming in J&K

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JAMMU: The Minister for Agriculture Production Ghulam Hassan Mir today said that a team of students from the field of agriculture shall be nominated to conduct a study to develop systematic approach and plan for promotion of organic farming among the farmers of the State.

The Minister said this after inaugurating 3rd National Summit on Organic Farming aimed at product, certification, value addition and marketing organized by ASSOCHAM India here at K. C. Plaza, this morning.

The Minister said that State offers immense potential for organic farming in the State and the government will take all out efforts to promote it in a big way. He also informed about several steps taken by State Government in order to highlight the importance of agriculture in the all-round growth of the State’s economy.

The Minister said that soil’s fertility is decreasing day by day due to use of chemical fertilizers and under such circumstances the farmers have to adopt the Organic farming. He said that organic farming was picking up pace in India but the sector has been jostling with lack of awareness, knowledge and   confidence about its use and   subsequent food products among both farmers and consumers.

The Minister said that in the farming system  a piece of land is used optimally and to its fullest potential to produce a range of nutritious and healthy food as  well as other required commodities in a manner which can healthily feed a small family, and maintain soil health and productivity by agricultural practices based on principles of organic farming.

The Minister said a large area of cultivated land in the State is already under semi-organic cultivation by default of remote areas in hilly districts of the State due to the non-availability of chemical fertilizers in these areas. He said that Basmati rice of R. S. Pura, Rajmah of Bhaderwah, potato of Gurez and Machil and red rice (Zug) of Tangdar Kupwara are major exportable organic products and have the potential of better returns in the national and international markets.

The Minister focused to explore markets elsewhere in the country and abroad for its saffron, basmati rice and rajmash among various other agricultural produce, the Jammu-Kashmir government is adopting organic farming in a systematic manner.

He said that the farmers of Jammu & Kashmir should tap the opportunity of the growing demand of “Organic Products” in India as well as across the globe.  He said that the state of J & K can also take a lead by promoting Organic Farming Practices & becoming the first “Organic State” of India.

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