The Minister said this after inaugurating 3rd National Summit on Organic Farming aimed at product, certification, value addition and marketing organized by ASSOCHAM India here at
The Minister said that State offers immense potential for organic farming in the State and the government will take all out efforts to promote it in a big way. He also informed about several steps taken by State Government in order to highlight the importance of agriculture in the all-round growth of the State’s economy.
The Minister said that soil’s fertility is decreasing day by day due to use of chemical fertilizers and under such circumstances the farmers have to adopt the Organic farming. He said that organic farming was picking up pace in
The Minister said that in the farming system a piece of land is used optimally and to its fullest potential to produce a range of nutritious and healthy food as well as other required commodities in a manner which can healthily feed a small family, and maintain soil health and productivity by agricultural practices based on principles of organic farming.
The Minister said a large area of cultivated land in the State is already under semi-organic cultivation by default of remote areas in hilly districts of the State due to the non-availability of chemical fertilizers in these areas. He said that Basmati rice of R. S. Pura, Rajmah of Bhaderwah, potato of Gurez and Machil and red rice (Zug) of Tangdar Kupwara are major exportable organic products and have the potential of better returns in the national and international markets.
The Minister focused to explore markets elsewhere in the country and abroad for its saffron, basmati rice and rajmash among various other agricultural produce, the Jammu-Kashmir government is adopting organic farming in a systematic manner.
He said that the farmers of Jammu & Kashmir should tap the opportunity of the growing demand of “Organic Products” in
He also said that Organic farming comes closest to an environment friendly agriculture with increased soil conservation and enhanced biodiversity. He said that the State already have large swathes of land farmers are growing walnuts and herbs organically. On 32,000 hectares of land, mostly in the countryside, farmers do not use chemicals at all. Many of them export walnut, saffron and almond and fetch handsome amounts. While the walnut is organic, farmers can even grow saffron organically." He said that there is a need of the hour, to take up the Organic practice on a much larger scale.
Secretary General, ASSOCHAM D. S. Rawat, Senior Director Dr. Om .S Tyagi, Director Agriculture and Jammu Ajay Khajuria also spoke on the occasion.
Besides the Research Scholars, Professors, Faculty members, Scientists and media persons a large number of farmers attended the daylong conference.
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