Tripura set to become organic state after Sikkim

AGARTALA, JAN 31 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/31/2020 12:35:45 PM IST

Tripura is all set to become the second state in the country after Sikkim to venture into organic farming. The state is proposing to reserve 10 lakh hectares of land for organic farming, reports The Northeast Today.

Announcing this during an interaction with the media, the minister for education Ratan Lal Nath said that the state has sent a proposal for cultivation of 10 lakh hectares of land for this purpose. 
“The proposal is under consideration of the union home ministry; during the past two years the state has cultivated paddy, ginger, turmeric, maze and mustard in 2000 hectares of land under 60 Gram Panchyats in 24 RD block,” Nath said. 
He informed that in the first phase, the cost has been estimated to be at Rs 19.43 lakh, while in the second phase, the state is planning to cover 4300 hactares of land in organic way to produce 1 lakh metric tons of agricultural produce. “This will be cultivated in 135 Gram Panchayats in 35 TD blocks”, said the education minister. 
Debaprasad Sarkar, the director of agriculture, who was also present in the interactive session with the media, said that in the first phase 20 thousand farmers were involved in 60 Gram Panchayats while 4233 farmers would be involved in organic cultivation in 130 Gram panchayats.
He said that the state of Sikkim leads the country in organic cultivation but Tripura is well on track to emerge as the second most important spot for organic cultivation in the country.

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