Published On : Thu, Apr 4th, 2019

Experts highlight importance of organic farming

VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum organises programme on ‘Towards Green and Prosperous Future’

Nagpur: Agro and Rural Development Forum of Vidarbha Industries (VIA) organised a programme on ‘Towards Green and Prosperous Future’ at VIA Hall.

Om Jajodia, Chairman of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum said since last several years VIA has been encouraging the farmers towards organic farming. With systematic approach, the yield of cotton and pulses can be increased and it will support agro-economy of our region, Jajodia said. Nursery business has great potential for micro and small businesses, he said. The major problem today is of pollution, which has caused diseases such as cancer, asthma, TB etc. Organic farming is a major solution to face these problems, he opined.

Milind Shende said horticulture should be developed in certified farms and the farm owners selling grafts, seeds, fertilisers should obtain proper licence. Certified organic produces have huge demand in domestic and international markets.

Dr Dewanand Panchbhai stressed on the overall revival of natural eco-system. A large number of organisations hold tree plantation programmes. However, deforestation is taking place at an alarming rate due to modernization.

Speaking about nursery business, he said we choose seeds or grown-up plants, where it is observed that the 1-2 year-old saplings are suitable for transportation and plantation. Moreover, there is a need to promote and adapt indigenous species rather than foreign species. Organic plantation has tremendous opportunities in value addition and exports worldwide, he said. Another segment in nursery business is floriculture. It doesn’t need any kind of licencse. Besides, ornamental plants have great scope for landscape development. A number of the developers are looking for such exotic plants for construction sites.

According to a WHO report, around 80 per cent of population will suffer from cancer in future attributing high use of pesticides as the reason. Local farmers should form a community for development of organic seeds and saplings from indigenous species. Such farmers’ community should work in direction of producing value added products, also branding and marketing the same.

Shachi Mallik, Convenor of VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum said the message should be shared with nursery owners so that all developed plants should reach to farmers in trays and farmers should also learn new techniques developing plants first & then putting them on field for cultivation. we will continue the efforts on Healthy leaving without medicine, also doing programs and will continue this movement by organizing this type of sessions.

Prof Ashit Sinha, Mentor, VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum proposed a vote of thanks.