On the inaugural day of a two- day national seminar on 'Organic agriculture' at Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU) Palampur, farm experts stressed upon the need of developing modern technology to promote organic farming among agrarian community.
Inaugurating the seminar on Wednesday, HPAU vice- chancellor KK Katoch said organic farming was practiced all over the world and was very popular in European countries. “Keeping in view the adverse effects of climate change on crop production, organic farming could be of immense help to small and marginal farmers, especially in hilly regions,” said Katoch.
Stressing on importance of farmer's education, he exhorted the scientists to help farmers in marketing of organic farm produce.
Speaking on the occasion, president of International Competence Centre on Organic Agriculture AK Yadev talked about work done in the area of organic agriculture in the last one decade.
He said around half a million Indian farmers were engaged in organic agriculture. “Tea, basmati rice, medicinal and spice crops, cotton and honey were major organically produced items in the country and 12 states have drafted policies while four states have declared intention to go 100% organic,” said Yadev.
He also informed about possibilities of opening of centers of excellence and introduction of diploma courses in organic agriculture for capacity building.
JC Rana, director of agriculture, government of Himachal Pradesh, while speaking on the occasion, detailed about efforts of the government to involve more and more farmers in organic agriculture.
He said in Himachal, nearly 25,000 registered farmers were practicing organic farming on 1,25,00 hectares of land.
More than hundred delegates from across the country have participated in the seminar.