Khalsa College in Amritsar begins organic farming

Yudhvir Rana, TNN Nov 16, 2012, 09.09PM IST

AMRITSAR: Khalsa College Amritsar (KCA) has decided to convert major share of its 200 acres farmland into organic farming. A beginning was made in this regard on Friday after the inaugural sowing of wheat at the farm where only organic ways of farming would be adopted and no insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers would be used, said Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) functionaries.

‘Use of chemical pesticides etc. has been affecting the health of human beings and the underground water. The traditional ways of using bio-gas manure, farm yard manure and organic sprays would be used”, said KCGC joint secretary (Agriculture) Ajmer Singh Heir.

He said they wanted that the experiment was made to save environment. The world over this way of farming is being adopted as we are seeing harmful effects of chemicals’ use in agriculture”, said he adding they would further add up to farmland under organic farming in near future. District Chief Agriculture Officer Dilbagh Singh Dhanju was present during the inaugural sowing. He said they would advice farmers to adopt the technique to save environment and protect humans and livestock’s health in state.

He informed that they would be able to generate at least 35 quintals of wheat from one acre by adopting this new way of farming. KCGC has also tied up with local Pingalwara Charitable Society which is already adopted organic farming in a major way at Manawala farm.