‘Create confidence among farmers'

It is imperative to create confidence among the farming community on organic farming and its long term benefits, District Collector T. Soundiah said.

Inaugurating an awareness camp on organic farming at Ariyamangalam village in Tiruverambur panchayat union on Tuesday, Mr. Soundiah said necessary arrangements would be made to ensure that farmers received competitive prices for the agricultural produce raised using organic manure. This would also extend to the produce being sold through the ‘uzhavar sandhais'. Though farmers were initially hesitant to adopt the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) technique, many agriculturists have now started to follow this method realising the two-fold increase in yield by using this technique. During the current kuruvai season, paddy would be raised in 30,000 acres by adopting the SRI technique, the Collector said.

Extensive use of fertilisers and pesticides had no doubt increased the yield, but it had caused damage to the land quality. There would be a two-fold rise in yield by using organic manure and adopting the SRI technique.

Utilising organic manure for farming would protect the land quality in the long run, he added. The Joint Director, Agriculture J. Sekar and other agricultural department officials participated, an official press release here said.

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