Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: For the first time a group of farmers representatives from several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were given a day’s training at Vanagam organic farm at Kadavalur village in Karur district at micro level to take up the first step of bringing about 1,500 acres under organic farming.

The training programme was organised by Development Promotion Group (DPG), a NGO and Namallavar, an expert in organic farming methods, was the resource person.

According to R.Bhakther Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of the DPG, this initiative is a pilot phase to motivate the farmers to go in for organic farming in a big way in the coming years.

He pointed out that the idea was to bring about 1,500 acres of land every year spread over 15 villages (11 in Tamil Nadu and four in Karnataka) under organic farming methods of ploughing, using traditional seeds and biofertilizers. This will be a three-project initiative.

The DPG was also planning to open a ‘Green Earth Products Outlet’ at Chennai and expected to spend about Rs.35 lakh under this schemes and most of the money would be utilised towards vermicompost, Japan method compost unit, cow urine pits, azola cultivation and fodder resource development.