Shettar sings green mantra, roots for organic farming
Published: Friday, Nov 30, 2012, 9:59 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Chief minister Jagadish Shettar on Thursday urged the need for encouraging organic farming in the state. Speaking at the inauguration of the BioFach India 2012, the fourth international organic trade fair, Shettar said though some level of self-sufficiency has been achieved in the farming sector by using fertilisers and chemicals, the overuse of the them has resulted in serious environmental degradation and health hazards to both humans and animals.
Shettar said Karnataka has made significant progress in organic farming since the organic movement in the state was started last decade by progressive farmers and NGOs along with the support of the government.
The BioFach India 2012 is the biggest expo on organic farming in the country with 141 stalls, 83 private exhibitors and 16 international exhibitors along with eight state pavilions. It is organised by Nurnberg Messe, the department of agriculture and the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) and in two days some of the biggest global brands in the sector will be showcased. A series of conferences will also be part of the event.
ICCOA executive director Manoj K Menon said apart from giving an opportunity to showcase the organic opportunity in India and emerging global trend, BioFach India 2012 will focus on the sustainability of organic agriculture.
A consumer connect programme and school connect programme along with a farmers workshop will be part of the event. The school connect programme is aimed at enhancing awareness among children on the food they eat. Buyers’ delegation and business- to-business trade meets will also be part of the event. A delegation of buyers from Europe, US and the Middle East will visit organic farms in Kodagu and food parks in the state.