Express news service
NAMAKKAL: Recognizing the importance of organic farming, the state government released a policy note in August that stated that a separate wing would be created within the agriculture department to focus on the sector. The farmers allege, however, that no action has been taken in this direction.
Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation Secretary General G Ajeethan said, “Organic farming is a cropping system that requires pre-planting practices and ensures that there are no chemical residue on the earth. The northeast monsoon brings abundant rains to many districts. The state government could have encouraged farmers to prepare the soil for organic farming. However, no such notification has been issued so far. “
Claiming that the government should focus on pre-planting registrations for organic farming, Ajeethan said that through this, farmers could apply for organic certification. He also applied for grants for pre-planting preparations. “It is also important to encourage existing biological trainers, and now is the right time to start the program,” he said.
S Srinivasan, a farmer, said: “First of all, the state government failed to raise awareness about organic farming. Although there is a plan to introduce a separate wing for organic farming, the government’s position is unclear. in the districts, many positions in the wings of agriculture, horticulture and seed certification are vacant. Without providing them, how can the government create a separate wing? “
Noting that the government had decided to move the seed and organic certification office from Coimbatore to Chennai for official reasons, the farmer said the issue of the separate wing was still on the back burner. In addition, no measures have been taken concerning the government’s assurance to extend financial assistance for the purchase of organic inputs, pesticides, residue analyzes and the creation of value-added units in part of the program, Srinivasan said.
Agriculture Department sources said they had no idea when the government would issue an ordinance for the organic agriculture development program. Ramachandran, deputy director of seed certification, said the process was underway.