‘All help to farmers adopting organic farming’



Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said his government would provide all-possible help to farmers for adopting "organic farming".

Inaugurating a three-day International Conference here, Kumar said elaborate measures have been taken for organic farming in Bihar.

Stating that the state government was giving more importance to organic farming, he said "we have initiated works on a special programme for promoting organic farming on which a sum of Rs 250 crore will be spent".

"Under the programme, one village in each of the 38 districts in Bihar will be identified as organic village," he said adding the state government had made the production of "Worm Compost" need-based and in the first year itself, around 40,000 farmers reaped the benefits of it.

"Now now a programme has been launched for making worm compost commercial," he said, adding the state government had decided to give 50 per cent concession under the programme to those who would plan to set up biogas units in Bihar together with production of worm compost.

He said the state government had provided free of cost one lakh quintal "Dhaincha Seed" to farmers during this Kharif season and "we want that the fertility of the land is protected at all costs".

“We are also trying to promote bio fertiliser and the organic fertiliser will be made available free of cost to farmers for seed development,” Kumar said.

PTI