Agriculture Dept broadens organic farming in Valley
The entire village has been identified by the department for production of organic vegetables.
Post by on Monday, November 23, 2020
Srinagar, Nov 23: TheÂ Agriculture department is taking measures to introduce organic farming at a broader level in Kashmir.Â
The department has introduced the concept of organic farming to the farmers of Banagund in Pulwama village.Â
The entire village has been identified by the department for production of organic vegetables.Â
"We have asked the people at this village to focus more on organic farming and eventually, we will introduce the same to other villages too, " said Younis Ali Sofi, Agriculture Extension Assistant.Â
According to Sofi, 100 plus kanals of land are under organic farming at this place and by March more villages would be added.Â
"We have introduced farmers to the economic and other benefits of organic farming and they are happy with the produce,"Â he said.Â
Sofi further said that even if organic products are less on production their market value is high.Â
"I would like to quote an example of peas, if normal peas are sold at Rs 80 per kg the organic produce is sold at Rs 100 to 200 per kg because of its benefits," he said.
The department first register these farmers and then provides them with machinery and other types of equipment at subsidized rates. Besides these farmers also get quality seeds from the department of agriculture.Â
"Once the vegetables are ready a vehicle come to collect the produce which is later sold in different markets of the country. In addition to it, farmers are getting a set up of vermicompost units from the department," Sofi said.
The department also help farmers in establishing vermicompost units and provide them training in establishing one so that they can create their own bio fertilisers, he added.Â
Farmers are also given the training and made a part of different awareness camps.Â
"We are shifting to organic farming because of the spurt in deadly diseases. These products are completely safe and we are focusing more on this field right now," Sofi said.