Forest dept to train cultivators in organic farming

Bjnor, Dec 15: With a view to minimize the presence of pesticides in the Ganga and its tributaries, the forest department has started an initiative to apprise farmers on river banks about the benefits of organic farming. The increased amount of harmful chemicals is adversely affecting the aquatic life, according to officials.

This awareness programme will be conducted much before vegetables and fruits are sown on the banks of Ganga, so as to avoid use of pesticides. In areas of Bijnor, Amroha, Saharanpur, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar districts, vegetables and fruits are sown on the banks of the Ganga every year, which leads to pesticides in the river due to inorganic farming method that is opted by most of the farmers.