Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat on Tuesday said a committee would be setup at the state level that will give its report after study on zero budget natural farming. After a meeting with senior scientists of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Agriculture University at Palampur in Kangra district, he said the recommendation of the committee will be followed so that HP becomes natural farming state in the country within next four years.

“Role of Agriculture University Palampur would be crucial in this field to carry forward the critical reform in agriculture sector,” he said.

He appreciated the efforts of scientists of Agriculture University Palampur in the field of natural farming and urged that they should take lead to make HP natural farming state after Sikkim. He asked them to extend missionary support to this project.

Acharya Devvrat said the past practice of chemical farming and organic farming was not fit in present context.”As far as chemical farming is concerned, the products so produced are harmful and poisonous and is also costly. Similarly, cost of production in organic farming is high and it absorbs more essential nutrients from soil,” he said, adding, therefore, zero budget natural farming is the best alternative for farming.

He said the side effects of chemical farming could be dealt with natural farming.