‘Organic farming must to boost cumin seed output’
Jodhpur: Desperate to increase the share of cumin seed export from India by promoting organic farming of its crop, Jodhpur Jeera Mandi Association, the biggest one after Gujrat’s Unjha, is going to organise a conference on Indian Prospects in Cumin Export on Monday.
This is the first-ever conference on cumin seed, a cash crop. President of the Jodhpur Jeera Mandi Association, Purushottam Mundra said that pest content in cumin seed is fast taking its toll on export of the crop to other countries indicating to a compelling need to resort to organic farming.
“Out of 1.40 lakh tonnes of global market, India enjoys a whopping 62% share but the pests and chemicals used in the farming of cumin seed has dealt a blow to retain the pioneering position of the country in global market,” said Mundra. Looking at organic farming as the only way out, Mundra said that Turkey and Syria are fast gaining foothold in this market by fast switching to organic farming, thereby not only keeping the threat of pest away but also increasing the production.
Also those farmers, from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Barmer, who have been farming Cumin seeds organically will also be present with a view to share their experiences.