Govt to promote organic cultivation of indigenous cotton in 3 states

NEW DELHI – The government, under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, is planning to promote the cultivation of indigenous varieties of cotton in the leading growers–Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka–a senior government official said.

“We are encouraging farmers by providing them seeds, and agri-inputs at lower rates to grow more organic cotton. Organic cotton is healthier for human use in comparison with genetically modified varieties,” he said.

Centre is helping farmers to add more area under indigenous varieties of cotton by improving soil health and fertility so that they can get better remuneration. Currently, around 1,000 ha is under organic cotton in the three states, he said.