21st May, 207, Mandi
Shri Acharya Dev Vrat, Hon’ble Governor, Himachal Pradesh inaugurated Crop Seminar on Natural Farming as Chief Guest at Bhangrotu village of Mandi district today. The seminar was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Mandi in collaboration with Youth for Sustainable Development (a local NGO) to motivate farmers and acquaint them with various organic farming technologies and harmful effect of indiscriminate use of pesticides.
Hon’ble Governor shared his experience on zero budget natural farming and motivated farmers to adopt this farming in the region. He emphasized upon the need to conserve local cattle breeds, local crop varieties, traditional knowledge, etc for sustainable agricultural development. He also advised farmers for the adoption of organic farming in totality to meet out the growing demand of organic products in the adjoining states for doubling their income. He showed his concern about the ill effects of indiscriminate use of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Earlier, Prof. A.K. Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, CSAHPKV, Palampur welcomed the chief guest and apprised that university has developed twenty models of enterprises which can enable the farmers to double their income by 2022.He also deliberated the scope of organic farming in the state and need to reduce the cost of cultivation by practicing zero budget natural farming.
A special session on farmer scientist interaction was also organized in which queries of farmers related to organic farming were thoroughly addressed by the experts. The Governor also interacted with farmers while visiting various exhibitions installed on this occasion on farm machinery, organic farming technologies, organic inputs, etc. The farmers of the area also displayed their local and traditional varieties of crops, organic preparations and technologies for sharing amongst fellow farmers.
Around 1000 farmers and farm women from 15 adjoining Panchayats of the area participated in the seminar. The seminar was also covered by Doordarshan Kendra Shimla to telecast the event for further creating the awareness amongst the farmers of Himachal Pradesh.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone-1, Ludhiana)