Switch to organic farming essential

Ranchi, Feb 13: Reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and switching over to organic farming is no longer an option for farmers in the state. Experts believe that the health of soil has deteriorated over the years owing to rampant use of chemicals. Unless the soil is given a chance to rejuvenate, productivity will reduce drastically, they fear.

Swami Bhaveshananda, research scholar in agriculture science and secretary of the Ranchi Ramkrishna Mission, said they have decided to switch over to organic farming owing to the harmful effects of continued use of chemicals.

“There was a time when I had promoted the use of chemical fertilizers in the villages here. That was when Green Revolution was underway. But with research having proved the ill-effects of chemicals, we have been campaigning for organic farming and also for devising better and useful techniques,” he said. Due to the indiscrimiate use of chemicals, soil is fast losing microbes and organic matter, he added.