UP Govt to promote organic farming in 30 districts

Bareilly: So far, 11 lakh soil tests have been done and the target is 49 lakh, the UP agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi on Sunday said. In a bid to promote organic farming, the state government has selected 30 districts, including Pilibhit and Badaun from Bareilly division, where clusters of 50 acre of land will be developed for organic farming under a pilot project. Farmers in Bareilly division will get 893 such pumps.To ensure soil health, each and every field will have a soil card. Seeing the success of solar pumps for irrigation, the government has decided to set up 10,000 more pumps at a cost of Rs 200 crore. He added that for the next three years, the government would spend Rs 15 lakh on each cluster every year.