Government to promote organic farming in all districts
TNN | Feb 26, 2013, 05.33 AM IST
PATNA: Agriculture minister Narendra Singh on Monday said organic farming has started showing results by improving productivity besides improving the quality of vegetables. The income of farmers engaged in organic farming has also increased substantially.
The state government has already decided to promote organic farming in at least one village in all the districts.
Replying to a question of Neeraj Kumar (JD-U), Singh said the farmers were getting 10-15% (per kg) more money by selling organic vegetables. Citing example, the minister said 2,500 hectares of land in 30 villages spread over eight blocks of Nalanda district are presently covered under organic farming of vegetables.
Nalanda district has already found a place on the global map through the global positioning system (GPS) for sowing potato over an area of 160 acres by using natural fertilizers only. Talking about Sohdih village in Nalanda, the minister said with the organic farming, a large number of birds and ducks are now common sight in this village. Earlier, the residents hardly found such birds near the village. A farmer from Sohdih has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming. The farmer, Rakesh Kumar, harvested 108.8 tonnes of potato per hectare and set a new world record in potato production, the minister said.
Last year, a farmer of Darveshpura village in Nalanda had set a world record in potato production through organic farming. Rakesh has created a new world record in potato production through organic farming.
The minister, while replying to another question, said the government has given up to 80% subsidy for purchasing mechanized agriculture equipment. The state government provides huge subsidy to farmers to increase their productivity, the minister told Kumari Jyoti (Congress).