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State level training on organic farming held

State level training on organic farming held
Botoshe speaking at the two day training event held in Kohima on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/23/2018 11:28:00 PM IST
With an objective to make agriculture sustainable, restore ecological balance, improve soil quality and health, promote indigenous crops and put an end to chemical farming, a two-day State Level Training Program on Organic/Natural Farming began on Monday. The training  program has been organized by Earth Friendly Generation in collaboration with Vishwa Yuvak Kendra (VYK), New Delhi for NGOs, VOs, CBOs, and government departments, at SIRD Conference Hall in Kohima.
Speaking on the concept of organic farming, founder and director Rural Connect (RC) Botoshe said organic agriculture was an integrated production management system which promotes agro-eco-system health, while also enhancing biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.
Stating that the concept of organic farming was not new in India and that it was followed from ancient times, he said the primary aim of cultivating the land and raising crops was to keep the soil alive and in good health using organic wastes (crop, animal and farm waste) and beneficial microbes, to release nutrients for crops. This increases sustainable production in an eco friendly and pollution free environment, he said.
Botoshe added that excess use of chemical fertilizers and artificial growth regulators has led to the issue called “pollution.” According to Botoshe, the need of the hour is a natural balance between life and property for existence.
Keeping in view the fact that fossil fuels are on their way to extinction and are non-renewable, he said organic farming, nature friendly ways of farming and agriculture has gained importance.
He also reported that in 20 years, nearly 300,000 farmers have ended their lives by ingesting pesticides or by other means and Maharashtra topped the list with 60,000 farmers committing suicide.
He said nature was the best teacher for low cost organic farming as it gives healthy and nutritious food, better health, fewer illnesses and diseases, is less expensive and protects the environment for the next generation. 
Botoshe also stated that chemical farming was a debt trap. He reported that for 5 acres, Rs. 40,000 per year is used on chemical fertilizers and pesticides which hardens the soil reducing its water retention capacity leading to more water and electricity required for its irrigation. 
Program officer VYK, New Delhi Rajeev Nirmal delivered VYK introduction. School and college students, entrepreneurs and others attended the training program. 

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