Initiative to ensure the production of safe food, says Minister P. Prasad
The Agriculture Ministry will shape an organic farming mission in 2022 to ensure the production of safe food, Agriculture Minister P. Prasad said.
Food production in 2022 will focus on health protection, Mr Prasad said during a media briefing at a two-day workshop on ‘Carbon neutral agriculture in Kerala’ held by the Department of Agriculture Thursday and Friday.
The department will implement projects aimed at achieving carbon neutrality in the agricultural sector by integrating the recommendations and suggestions made during the workshop.
Farmers will be trained in farming practices that help reduce carbon emissions. Workshops will be held in all panchayats on the topic of carbon neutral agriculture, Mr Prasad said. The department also plans to introduce benchmarks at the unit level (individual farms) as part of the assessment of emission levels, he added.
Experts who attended the workshop believed that a carbon footprint assessment is the first step towards achieving carbon neutral agriculture in the state. How to go about reducing carbon dioxide emissions is the second.
Prasant Kumar Swain, Additional Secretary (Agriculture), Government of India; the president of the State Finance Commission, SM Vijayanand; T. Vijay Kumar, Office Special Secretary of the Government of Andhra Pradesh (natural agriculture); Members of the State Planning Council, experts from various institutes including Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi; The Agricultural University of Kerala and Dehradun Forestry Research Institute attended the event.