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Plan for survey to gauge those interested in organic farming

Safe food: Organic farming expert G. Nammalvar (second from right) releases a booklet in Arul Anandar College in Madurai on Saturday. NABARD Assistant General Manager R. Shankar Narayan receives the first copy.
Safe food: Organic farming expert G. Nammalvar (second from right) releases a booklet in Arul Anandar College in Madurai on Saturday. NABARD Assistant General Manager R. Shankar Narayan receives the first copy.

A one-day programme on organic farm certification was organised at Arulanandar College in Karumathur near here on Saturday by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Organised under NABARD's Farm Innovation Promotion Fund (FIPF), around 100 farmers benefited from the programme. Scores of farmers who are already into organic farming methods in and around Meenakshipatti, Chellampatti, Karumathur, Karuveppillai, Munduvelampatti, Usilampatti, Peraiyur and nearby villages also took part.

Organic farming expert G. Nammalvar, who is also the State co-ordinator of Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI), delivered a lecture on the occasion.

Mr. Nammalvar also released a booklet on ‘Organic Inputs Preparation' and presented the first copy to the NABARD Assistant General Manager ,R. Shankar Narayan.

The booklet contained inputs for practicing organic farmers who were interested in preparing vermi-compost, liquid inputs as also plant protection measures.

Mr. Narayan, who inaugurated the meeting, said that a pool of dedicated farmers practicing organic farming methods by utilising appropriate certification requirements should be created to enhance the credibility of organic farming.

Empirical data

The NABARD was funding studies under FIPF to gather empirical data and document the profitability of adopting organic methods of cultivation. The findings would be placed before farmers so that they could develop appropriate cropping patters based on local soil conditions.

A survey of farmers interested in taking up full-time organic would be initiated, he said, adding that intensive training inputs on organic farm certification through experts would be made available to them.

R.P. Maruthamalai Murugan, a senior consultant in East Resource Group, Madurai, a consulting agency that is working in environmental protection, said that that lecture by experts were being organised to sensitise farmers to organic farming.

S. Mannar Mannan, founder of MRITSNA Trust (Movement for Reduced Inputs and Tools for Sustainable and Natural Agriculture), briefed the farmers about the various interventions carried out under the project.

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