Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat on Sunday called on the farmers to adopt zero budget natural farming so that Himachal could emerge as the organic state in near future like Sikkim which was declared organic state of the country.
Speaking in a seminar on organic farming organized by Agriculture University, he said it is the need of the hour to promote and adopt organic farming and said that it was possible only when every farmer rear domestic cow. “One cow could be helpful in farming 30 acres of land and added that it would improve the fertility of the soil, producing maximum yield by using minimum water and getting remunerative price of their product,” he said.
Acharya Devvrat expressed concern that chemical fertilizers and pesticides has been introduced in the name of green revolution and in some extend it increased the production level but degrading the fertility of the soil and products so produced are harmful to the body. He added that some big companies are involved in exploiting the farmers.
The Governor said that number of diseases had increased due to excessive use of chemical farming. The best part of adopting natural system of farming was that it has no financial implication and the farmers would not have to outsource from the market as it was prepared naturally by the farmer himself.
He said that in natural farming, the farmers should be encouraged to rear domestic cow instead of hybrid one imported from abroad as the cows found in hilly areas are significant in many ways.