NE leads in organic farming
– Meghalaya progresses towards chemical-free crops
Andrew W. Lyngdoh
Shillong, Dec. 17: Sikkim and Mizoram are leading the country in organic farming while Meghalaya is weaning out chemical fertilisers and pesticides and providing free bio-pesticides and bio-agents to farmers.
The two states – Sikkim and Mizoram – found special mention at today’s meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee of agriculture ministry, chaired by Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, in New Delhi where a threadbare discussion on organic farming took place.
Singh said the total organic production in the country was 1.24 million tonnes while the total area under organic farming was 0.723 million hectares under certification.