Make Jharkhand organic State: Parshottam Rupala

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala visited Birsa Agriculture University (BAU) in Ranchi on Thursday and called upon farmers and agricultural scientists to make Jharkhand an organic State like Sikkim soon

 

Addressing the National Seminar on ‘Flexible Climate Agriculture to double the income of farmers in Jharkhand’, Rupala said that the demand for organic agricultural products is increasing rapidly in various parts of the country and the world. Only India has the potential to provide required quantity of organic products. In most other countries either the land is barren-sandy, covered with snow, due to more chemicals and the nature of soil has deteriorated or there is lack of technical knowledge, he added. He said that consumption of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is much lower in Jharkhand than other states so that making this province completely organic is easier than other States. “Other countries from the world are expecting from India only in terms of organic products and Jharkhand can play a leading role in this field. This State should do its branding in terms of organic product. If the State Government makes any proposal about making Jharkhand as an organic State, then the Center will help with a free hand. If you want to start farming, then under the Central scheme, it is given a grant of up to Rs  50,000 per year for three years, said Rupala.  He said that in the fruit and vegetable shops of Delhi, people sell many things as the product of Sikkim and the expensive consumers do not go to other shops to buy fruit or vegetables. Jharkhand should also be identified in same way in the markets of the Country, he added.

 

The Minister said that the day is not far when agricultural work will be once again reputed as the best business and will become more profitable and lucrative than other sector.

 

Rupala also felicitated 11 progressive farmers from different parts of the State for their outstanding contribution to the agricultural sector.