The state agriculture department is going to take initiative for integrated organic farming to produce poison free vegetables and fish.
The farmers will sell these items in the market and will also create awareness among other farmers. Purnendu Bose, state agriculture minister, said that a pilot project is going to be launched soon on organic farming and if it is successful, more state run agriculture farms will be chosen for organic farming.
Bose also said that state will also organise campaigns to raise awareness among farmers to follow this model once this farming yields results. A scientist has been engaged to supervise this project. Initially, 12 acres of land inside a state-run agriculture farm has been chosen for integrated organic farming. Some youths were engaged to assist the scientist.
Bose said that several NGOs have started such kind of organic farming and the state government has helped them run these projects, but this is the first time that the state alone is going to organise such a project. Several other projects like producing manure fertiliser and biogas from cow dung will be implemented inside this project area.
The state agriculture department could implement this project in farmers’ land for awareness purpose. “This organic cultivation will reduce the cost of production but a large number of farmers did not know that this is a low cost cultivation,” he said.