Shillong: Meghalaya Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) Chairman Charles Pyngrope said on Saturday that organic farming in the state can be done on a phased basis.
Pyngrope’s reaction comes after the state government recently decided to lift the ban on the supply and use of fertilizers. The restriction was imposed in 2014 to introduce organic farming.
The AITC president said that the best option, in the long term, is organic farming, but that it is not possible to switch to it completely because it takes years for the soil to be revitalized. “While in the early years you can’t fully adopt organic farming, it will have to be done in intervals,” Pyngrope said.
He added that if an immediate and complete transition to organic farming is made, the possibility of food scarcity will arise as the yield from soil deprived of fertilizer will be less.
Pyngrope said the issue was raised at the Assembly to what Banteidor Lyngdoh, Minister of Agriculture, described as scientific farming although he was unable to provide adequate information on the status of organic farming.
On Thursday, Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the state government had decided to lift the restriction after the results of a survey indicated a 50% drop in production in the region. State.
Tynsong also mentioned that several farmers had urged the government to lift the ban.
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