Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh stressed that ‘Organic farming’ should be promoted with the same spirit as ‘Green Revolution’ as India is the country with the most organic producers, said at an ASSOCHAM event, Organic World: Advantage India held in New Delhi today.
He said that the country should progress to be an organic nation and chemical-free country. Prime Minister also urged farmers to cut use of heavily used fertilisers like urea by half to improve soil health, the Minister said.
Organic farming is a way of farming, which excludes the use of chemical fertilisers, insecticides and other agrochemicals from cultivation. It is primarily based on the principles of use of natural organic inputs and biological plant protection measures. During the last six years, India has been increasingly supporting PGS (Participatory Guarantee System) for its national market, developing a unique example of large-scale government-facilitated PGS programme, coordinated by its National Centre for Organic Farming, under the Ministry of Agriculture.
‘The government cannot promote organic farming alone. There are many NGOs and organisations that have a crucial role to play’. The data needs to be systematically collected through scientific methods, certification should be improved, the Agriculture Minister said.