CM Naveen Patnaik says Odisha in an advantageous position to resort to Organic Farming Practices
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Report by OD bureau, Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Odisha in an advantageous position to resort to Organic Farming Practices. CM Patnaik said this while addressing Biennial Convention of Organic Farmers organized by the Organic Farming Association of India in Bhubaneswar.
Pastnaik said that the consumption of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are significantly low in Odisha compared to the national average. The farmers in Odisha have traditionally been the custodian of rice genetic diversity. Traditional farming is still in practice in the inland non-irrigated pockets of the state. This has placed Odisha in an advantageous position to resort to Organic Farming Practices as the lands are virgin and less-contaminated. The state too has a large area under forests from where the wild harvests can be collected as organic products. A range of organic products like cotton, turmeric, ginger, pulses, niger and scented varieties of rice are being regularly exported. The Kandhamal Turmeric is already a brand name all over the world. A recent study by ASSOCHAM suggests that Odisha has an export potential of Rs.600 crore from organic farming produce in next five years. The study reports further reveals that organic farming can create 80 lakh additional jobs both in-farm and non-farm sectors.
CM further added that the state has formulated a progressive agriculture policy in 2008 under which special focus have been given to organic farming. The policy supports sustainable incentives for farmers harvesting organic certified crops. Organic seed banks will be opened. Organic Farming Association will be promoted. A separate agency will be set up for certification of organic products. The Odisha State Seeds and Organic Product Certification Agency has recently been accredited as the Certifying Body for the organic product and it is one of the state owned agencies to have such an accreditation. Our policy also has a resolution to include organic farming in the syllabus at school level. It will also be introduced as a compulsory subject at both degree and post-graduate level in the state Agriculture University.