Over a 1,000 people, including tribal farmers and cancer patients, took part in a walkathon at Shivaji Park on Sunday, seeking a ban on use of harmful chemicals in farming. The focus of the walkathon, which also celebrated ‘Kisan Diwas’, was to create awareness about the benefits of organic farming.
Called HOSH, the event was an initiative of the AmbaGopal Foundation started by hotelier Harish Shetty, in association with Tata Memorial Hospital. The participants walked from Shivaji Park to the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi.
Member of Parliament Rahul Shewale, who was also present at the event, pledged to make Maharashtra an organic State. “The organisers have sent me a memorandum to come up with a policy to make our State completely organic by supporting organic farmers like in Sikkim. I will see to it that a Bill is passed in the winter session of Parliament, and make sure that we use organic methods of farming and declare Maharashtra as an organic State,” Mr. Shewale said.