Chairman of the State Organic Farming Mission S.A. Anand said on Saturday that farmers would have to pay a heavy price if efforts to save them from the adverse effects of price rise, recession and shortage of farm workers were not continued.

He was speaking at a function organised at the APMC Yard here, where he released a book on “Prosperous agriculture through organic farming” written by Sharaschandra Ranade. He said that apart from offering assistance to farmers, they should be exposed to innovations in the field of agriculture. Experiments on organic farming conducted by several farmers had proved that it was helpful in maintaining soil fertility. It helped in growing quality food at a reduced cost. He said the State Organic Farming Mission had set aside Rs.100 crore for the implementation of its programmes. Horticulturist Dummalli Shivamma said agriculture could be profit-making if it was taken up seriously.

Author of the book Ranade spoke.