Water, agriculture ministry sign MoU to promote organic farming along river Ganga
NEW DELHI: Union water resources ministry on recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the agriculture ministry to promote organic farming in all the 1,657 villages along the river Ganga, starting from Uttarakhand to West Bengal.
Each gram panchayat will be treated as an organic cluster, where farmers will be encouraged to go for chemical fertilizer\pesticide\insecticide-free farming so that the river Ganga is not polluted by post-flood discharge. The move will also prevent underground water from getting polluted in the river basin in five states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The ministry under the MoU will promote organic farming through launching awareness programmes, creating self help groups and using mobile App to disseminate relevant information about the side-effects of using chemicals, fertilizers and insecticides in farming.