Guv emphasizes organic farming at VC convention | Ranchi News

Ranchi: Governor Ramesh Bais urged agronomists to propagate organic farming in at least one village in each panchayat, as this would minimize the harmful effects of chemical farming on the soil, the environment and people.
Addressing the Association of Indian Agricultural Universities (IAUA) 45th Vice Chancellors’ (VC) convention at Birsa Agricultural University (BAU) on Monday, Bais also urged scientists to devise strategies for s ‘ensure that soil health maps are available to all farmers. “The maps would help farmers use fertilizers according to the soil’s needs, as an overdose of nutrients would negatively affect soil health,” he said.
The governor said that since 80% of agricultural operations in Jharkhand are carried out by women, scientists should also find ways to improve their conditions.
He said that farmers belonging to regions with low soil fertility should integrate horticulture, animal husbandry and fishing into their farming system.
The Deputy Director General (Education) of the Indian Agricultural Research Council, Dr RC Agrawal, said that almost 80% of the national education policy recommendations, such as entrepreneurship development, community connection and four-year study program, are already being implemented in agricultural universities.
Dr RK Mittal and Dr RC Srivastva, who are respectively VCs of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut and Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Samastipur, emphasized the role and activities of the ‘IAUA for the improvement of agricultural education.
BAU VC Dr Onkar Nath Singh stressed the importance of coordination between different schools. Previously, a technical session on “Achieving International Standards in Agricultural Education and Research in the Context of a New National Education Policy” was held.

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