Odisha mulling organic farming policy for 15 districts

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government is working on an organic farming policy that will be implemented in 15 districts of the state in the first phase, Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy said on Sunday.

At several places, villagers still practice organic farming. It is a proven fact that organic farming can help increase productivity of crops. Conventional farming has not only led to crop loss, but also has several health hazards, the minister observed. “We are planning to implement the policy in 15 districts in the first phase for the smooth transition from convention to organic farming,” said Maharathy.