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New policy to boost organic farming in Jharkhand

The new Agriculture Policy envisages holding of block-level workshops to facilitate technology transfer for organic farming among farmers

Ranchi: The Jharkhand government will soon come out with a new Agriculture policy to encourage organic farming and low use of chemical fertilizer among farmers.
The renewed emphasis on promoting organic farming in the State came to the light after the State government embarked upon the exercise to fine-tune the Draft Agriculture Policy 2011 with the help of agricultural scientists and social experts from all across the State.
Agriculture Secretary Arun Kumar Singh the draft policy would lay special thrust on popularising organic farming so as to cut down farmers’ dependency on chemical fertilizers that reduced fertility of land.

“The proposed policy envisages continuous training for farmers to ensure dissemination of newer technology from laboratory to the farms. Agricultural scientists of the Birsa Agriculture University (BAU) would be entrusted to train the farmers on technology transfer,” said Singh.
To begin with, the Agriculture department has planned to launch the pilot project for demonstration of on-farm-training for organic farming next year. Similar projects would be started at the block levels in the State in the next six months. An amount of Rs 50 crore has been identified for such programmes in different districts, said the Agriculture Secretary.
The department has already started classification of cultivable land as per their soil configuration. Initially, two districts—Sahebganj and Pakur—have been identified for creating the database of land.

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