Organic growth of organic farming

TNN |Snehlata Shrivastav | Jul 11, 2012, 04.52AM IST

NAGPUR: Following in the footsteps of his father, 31-year-old Ashish Shinde from Anjangaon Surji village in Paratwada Tehsil of Amravati district is promoting organic farming in all possible ways. His father Deepak Shinde had shown the way in the 1990s. Today, Ashish has expanded the area of work to almost the entire state. The membership in the firm his father started, Organic Farms, has gone up from around 3,500 in 1999 to over 4,700 now.

Deepak Shinde had pioneered organic farming in Vidarbha and then started propagating it. As farmers joined him, he floated an NGO, Maharashtra Organic Farmers Association, with himself as secretary and Appasaheb Wankhede from village Amla in Daryapur Tehsil as president. As the need to get produce certified grew, Shinde launched Organic Farms.