Organic farming continues in pockets of state

Patna, Feb 4: Organic farming, promoted with much fanfare in two clusters in Muzaffarpur and Nalanda districts in Bihar in 2007-08, seems to have lost the charm to draw the state government’s attention.

It was chief minister Nitish Kumar who evinced interest in organic farming and made a move to popularise and promote it. The government decided to promote organic farming in at least one village each of the state’s 38 districts.
The state government planned to take up one village for three years as a model for organic farming till they get certificates from the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APFPEDA), which is required to sell the produce in the market. After that, self-motivational groups were to take over and hold the fort.