Govt declares mission to promote organic farming
In its first phase, the scheme will be implemented in Buldhana, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola and Wardha districts.
PUNE: Under the constant efforts taken by the State government to promote the use of organic farming practices to balance the exorbitant use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in the State, a Panjabrao Deshmukh Mission has been declared by the government at a Cabinet meeting.
In its first phase, the scheme will be implemented in Buldhana, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola and Wardha districts. These districts are also identified as those seeing large-scale agrarian distress and farmers’ suicides. The government said the mission will provide relief to farmers through incentives provided to organic farming practices.
The mission will undertake efforts like developing technologies for increasing the incomes of farmers, creating organic compost fertilisers in the farm using the crop residue, developing and spreading these models in other areas under supervision of capable officials, making high-quality organic manure available to farmers and promoting export of organic farm produce.