Focus on organic farming at workshop
Bhubaneswar, Mar 28: More than 450 varieties of traditional paddy seeds from diverse geo-climatic conditions were displayed at a daylong fair organized here on Sunday. The exhibition was put up by Natabar Sarangi, an 83-year-old farmer, who distributes 15 quintals of paddy seeds to farmers from different parts of Odisha and the neighbouring states every year.
He said, “The mindset of farmers is changing. They have realized the harmful effects of the hybrid, high-yielding varieties and rampant use of chemical fertilizers. Such practices not only lead to a sharp decline in productivity of land, but also increase the cost of farming subsequently.”
Of the 450 varieties of seeds displayed, around 80 are still used by farmers, he said. These seeds are resilient, pest-resistant, require less water, can survive in adverse weather conditions, are suitable for organic farming and also have taste, aroma and high nutrition value. Many of these seeds are also drought, flood, and saline-water resistant, he added.