Organic farming should be promoted with the same spirit as the Green Revolution, as India is the country with the most organic producers. This was stated by Radha Mohan Singh, minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, Government of India, during his address at the Conference on Organic World: Advantage India, which was organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) and took place in New Delhi recently.
He added that the country should progress to be an organic and chemical-free nation.
Organic farming is a way of farming, which excludes the use of chemical fertilisers, insecticides, etc. It is primarily based on the principles of use of natural organic inputs and biological plant protection measures.
In the last six years, India has been increasingly supporting the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) for its national market, developing a unique example of large-scale government-facilitated PGS programme, coordinated by its National Centre for Organic Farming, under the agriculture ministry.
The government cannot promote organic farming alone. There are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and organisations that have a crucial role to play. The data needs to be systematically collected through scientific methods, certification should be improved.
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