Organic farming of chilli, cauliflower, tomato yields positive results
The pilot project of the district horticulture department to cultivate varieties of chilli, cauliflower and tomato through organic farming has yielded positive results in several blocks of the district. In fact, farmers who hail from BPL and SC families are enlightened after they were successful to cultivate good quantity of crops of chilli, cauliflower and tomato in Bahria, Dhanupur, Saidabad, Jasra, Tharwai, Utrav, Holagarh, Kaurihar, Bahadurpur and Shankargarh blcoks after investing comparatively less amount in fertilizers.
District horticulture officer, PK Shukla told TOI that as many as 1,000 families belonging to BPL ( Below Poverty Line) and SC category have been selected for the cultivation of chilli, cauliflower and tomato under MNREGS scheme. For that, farmers, apart from offering useful tips for growing chilli and cauliflower varieties, were also imparted training for the same.
He added that farmers of Sakra village in Bahria block have created a record of production of cauliflower and tomato cultivation and are quite happy after yielding the response. The crops have been cultivated in good quantity and quality in around 93 villages of the district.
The horticulture development programme for the cultivation of chilli, tomato and cauliflower was launched by officials six months back in almost 20 blocks of the district. For this, the department had imparted training to over 1000 farmers under its mission programme with an aim to promote organic farming.
Farmers residing in these blocks opted for organic farming. Here, the officials have advised farmers to grow the crops in their lands as there was no minimum or maximum requirement in terms of hectare or acre. Officials also assured them all sorts of assistance to the farmers growing organic crops.
Currently, farmers in Dhanupur, Tharwai Kaurihar, Saidabad, Bahria and Jasra have preferred to cultivate chili, cauliflower and tomato. The farmers have assured that they would be bringing other crops like cabbage, peas, and carrot, under organic farming in coming days informed Shukla.
"We have selected 93 villages for chilli, cauliflower and tomato after carrying out a complete study and found parameters like soil, its nature, productivity chances are suitable for farming," Shukla told TOI. He added that under MNREGS scheme, around 1,000 families were benefitted.
He further added that under the horticulture development programme, the department is currently apprising farmers about the methods useful for organic farming and they were also told about producing natural fertilizers and insecticides/pesticides. Experts are of the view that more and more customers are attracting towards organic products. Though organic products are not available in small towns, farmers are being encouraged to adopt organic farming due to its advantages.
In other states, the organic crops are available in market for domestic buyers and for catering industry which includes hotels, flights, etc. "We also plan to export the fruits and help the farmers," said Shukla.