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Odisha Government to include Organic Farming in school syllabus: Chief Minister

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Agriculture, Organic Farming, Food Export, Odisha  
 

"Referring to the findings of a recent study made by ASSOCHAM that recognises Odisha’s potential of earning Rs.600 crore from organic farming in next five years while creating 80 lakh additional jobs both in-farm and non-farm sectors, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Government of Odisha has planned to set up a separate agency for certification of organic products."

 

HNF Correspondent

 
 

The concerted efforts from the Odisha Government and keenness by farmers to pursue organic farming is certainly going to become key to healthy growth of organic farming in the state of Odisha, said Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, on November 6, 2012, while delivering his speech in the Convention of Organic Farmers held at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).

“The present farming techniques, with priority on application of fertilizers and pesticides for food production, have led to a significant loss of biodiversity, environmental pollution and also other associated problems.  Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides have a very negative impact on food quality and safety because of their residue in food stuff,” said the Chief Minister while addressing the farmers highlighting that efforts are being made by governments at the centre and the state to regain the lost glory of traditional agriculture by encouraging organic agriculture movement.

 

Citing at the demand of organic food in the western world, Chief Minister of Odisha said that growth in the demand for organic products has opened up ample export possibilities for India that has “tremendous potential for practicing organic agriculture due to unique diverse agro climatic regions across the country.” The CM also said that Organic farming can be a preferable model for the development of Indian agriculture as it offers economic and social benefits apart from doing the best in ensuring natural resource conservation.

Referring to the findings of a recent study made by ASSOCHAM that recognises Odisha’s potential of earning Rs.600 crore from organic farming in next five years while creating 80 lakh additional jobs both in-farm and non-farm sectors, CM said that the Government of Odisha has planned to set up a separate agency for certification of organic products. However, the CM confirmed, “Odisha State Seeds and Organic Product Certification Agency, which is a state owned agency, has recently been accredited as the Certifying Body for the organic product.”

In order to promote the practice of Organic farming in Odisha, Chief Minister said, “Our policy also has a resolution to include organic farming in the syllabus at school level” and, also, "to introduce it as a compulsory subject at both degree and post-graduate level in the state Agriculture University."

Highlighting a few steps taken by the Government of Odisha, Chief Minister said, “In conformation with our policy, the State Government has taken some initiatives like Farmers Training Camp, establishment of Vermi Hatcheries, provision of green manure seeds” while “farmers are being encouraged to use more bio-fertilizers.”

It's believed worldwide that organic farming is emerging as the saviour of soil as it only can keep the soil quality intact and, thus, can save the earth from the dangers of chemical fertilisers.

 
 

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