‘Organic farming solution for Agri problems’
Ujjain, May 13: Special emphasis was laid on organic farming by agro experts from India and abroad at Krishi Kumbh during parallel session on the first day of at Ninaura on Thursday.
Agriculture experts said that solution to farmers’ agriculture-related problems lie in organic farming. The experts said that multinational companies should not be given patent rights over seeds and indigenous species should be protected and promoted to save bio-diversity. They also suggested to provide subsidy to promote organic farming and products.
Presiding over the session, scientist of CEC, Hyderabad K.S. Gopal said enumerated problems pertaining to shortage of water for agriculture, decline in soil fertility and lack of skill development among farmers. According to him, these factors are adversely affecting agriculture productivity. Afsar Jaffri of Focus on the Global South suggested that BT cotton and GM modified seeds should not be used. He said that multinational companies are trying to obtain patents rights on these seeds. Farmers are committing suicides suffering heavy losses since farming with these seeds involves greater cost. He said that use of such seeds is eliminating indigenous seeds ending our bio-diversity.