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Tripura to gain from organic farming

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Agartala, March 18, 2017: Agriculture officials of Tripura envisage to record first upshot from organic farming in 2018 as the state prepares a major plan to match Sikkim. “We have initiated organic farming only last year and would record an excellent result next year”, Agriculture Department Commissioner G.S.G. Ayyangar said at a seminar in Agartala organised by the Northeastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC).

He informed state government has earmarked 5000 hector land for organic cultivation mainly for horticulture produces. The official said traditional jhum (slash and burn) cultivation is an organic farming by default, ‘but we are trying to bring an end to this old process by encouraging scientific farming”.

Experts and delegates participated in the daylong ‘Seminar on Organic Cultivation’. DoNER sponsored the initiative of the NERAMAC, officials said.

Mr Ayyangar stated that 3 lakh hector land is available in Tripura for farming and mostly used for paddy crops. He said Sikkim achieved total organic farming target after 12 years of try and Tripura has same approach to match that state.

He said Tripura would be ready in 2018 for marketing organic vegetables and horticulture products. He suggested that curtailment in transport system involving fertilizer substances into the state would yield good result in way of attaining fast progress in organic farming.

NERAMAC Managing Director Pankaj Kumar Prasad assured to take burden of marketing organic agriculture and horticulture items produced in Tripura. He said his organisation has opened a stall for exclusive sale of organic produces.   

Speaking of measures of NERAMAC in the matter Mr Prasad said they were strengthening allocated soil for more produces and helping the farmers to take up organic cultivation. He said people across the globe are now showing interest in the organic cultivation as consciousness has grown up.