Natural Farming Stressed
22nd September 2014
BHUBANESWAR: Over 400 farmers from eight States converged in the City on Sunday to deliberate on popularisation of indigenous seeds and natural farming.
Gathered at the two-day National Seed Festival, agriculture experts and farmers were of the view that natural farming can only save agriculture in India and protect farmers from the scourge of chemical fertiliser-based techniques. They said Green Revolution may have led to profit in the farm sector but it has broken the economic backbone of farmers in the country, particularly the small and marginal farmers. Intensive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides has created a dangerous situation and left farm sector in a distress condition. Over three lakh farmers have ended their lives in last two decades in India whereas in Odisha, the number could be 5,000, they said. Several varieties of indigenous seeds were showcased at the festival organised by Paschima Odisha Krushak Sangathan.