The Punjab government should spend at least half of the total budget for agriculture on organic farming in the state and form an organic farming development board to promote it at the earliest.
These views were expressed by members of various non-government organisations (NGOs) during a public debate at the Manav Mandir Senior Secondary School here.
The debate was organized by the Mohan Lal Bhaskar Foundation under the aegis of the Kheti Virasat Mission and in coordination with the AGREED Foundation and the Farmers Help Society.
Prabha Bhaskar, patron-in-chief of the Mohan Lal Bhaskar Foundation presided over the debate. The Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) is a non-profit and organisation and works for the welfare of farmers of the state.
Keynote speaker Umendra Dutt, executive director of the KVM, said that several studies have indicated that pesticides and synthetic fertilisers are causing grave damage to human and animal health and environment. The issue is so deep and urgently needed to be tackled.
The present among others, who shared their views on lessening the use of fetilisers included Dr Satinder Singh, Harmit Vidyarthi, Kamaljit Hayer, Boota Singh Dheera Patra, Santokh Singh, Gurbaj Singh.