MP government to practice organic farming along Narmada River


Narmada River

Following the Union’s proposed financial plan to initiate chemical-free agriculture along the Ganges, the government of Madhya Pradesh has selected natural agriculture along the Narmada River, which is seen as the lifeline express, an authority said Thursday.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting of ministers and senior officials on Wednesday, and the conclusion was reached, he said.

“A particular campaign to encourage natural farming along a length of 5 kilometers on both sides of the Narmada River should be launched,” the chief minister remarked at the meeting. According to the source, Chouhan has also asked ministers who farm to switch to organic farming on their property.

The state government’s decision comes a day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her budget speech that compound-free agriculture will be promoted across the country, starting with areas within a 5 km wide passage along the Ganges. The Narmada River, the fifth longest river in the country, begins at Amarkantak in the Anuppur region of Madhya Pradesh and crosses the state for 1,077 kilometers.

Organic farming: Chemo-synthetic pesticides, mineral fertilizers and genetically modified organisms are all prohibited in organic farming. The uncontrolled use of these pesticides in traditional agriculture constitutes a significant danger both for the quality of crops and for the environment.

Organic farming offers various benefits, such as preserving the organic content of the soil. Organic farmers use strategies to preserve and increase fertility, soil composition and biodiversity, as well as to minimize erosion. Reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous materials for humans, animals and the environment. There are various certification courses available that an individual can refer to if they are passionate about organic farming.

Organic farming is undoubtedly the best way to create a safe, healthy and clean environment, and the use of biofertilizers rather than chemical fertilizers offers farmers economic and environmental benefits with soil health and fertility.

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