The agriculture department has taken up the promotion of organic farming in the district. The programme has been undertaken to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Deputy director of the agriculture department, Kullu, Bihari Lal Sharma said to increase production, farmers were using chemicals and fertilisers in their fields, making the products unfit for human consumption.
He said the agriculture department was motivating farmers of the district to adopt organic farming, which would be beneficial for them in a long term.
He said excessive use of fertilisers and chemicals in the field made land barren and reduced the production, while organic farming had not such kind of worse effect on fertility of land.
He said this year `10 lakh would be spent to promote organic farming in the district and training camps would be organised at village level to educate farmers about it.
He said farmers were getting high prices for their organic products in the markets and the department would certify the area of produce with collaborating agency, where farming would be based on organic farming.
He said this would benefit the farmers to fetch good prices for their produce in the market, because certification of products would give a unique identity for their produce in the market.
To promote organic farming in the district, the agriculture department has put a target to construct 800 vermin compost pit and `5,000 would be given as subsidy on it to the farmers.
Besides, the department would give a 50% subsidy on organic pesticides and insecticides.
He said the farmers of Arsu and Tavar village had made tremendous change to adopt organic farming and the department was also focusing on to promote village cluster organic farming in other parts of the district.
According to sources, in most part of the district, farmers were not using chemicals as well as fertilisers in their land due to religious beliefs and this would help the authority to get success in its mission.