Organic farming now has more takers

Bihar wants to adopt Sikkim model
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18 Jun 2018

Organic farming, the brainchild of Sikkim Chief minister Pawan Chamling, how has more takers. Bihar now wants to introduce organic farming, using the system of Sikkim as the model.
Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar, along with a high-level officers from the state, visited the ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong, last week to know more about the Sikkim experience, said a PIB release in Gangtok on Monday.
Prem Kumar wanted to know from scientists at the instittute the specific options availalble for the adoption of the Sikkim model in Bihar and instructed his officers for adoption of principles and practices of organic farming that had been followed by the ICAR-NOFRI in Sikkim for the promotion of organic farming in Bihar.
He appreciated the work carried out by the ICAR-NOFRI for the uplift of the farming community of the Sikkim. Along with his team, he visited the ICAR Research Farm and instructed the officers to develop such kind of a model to showcase them to farmers of Bihar for adoption. He directed the officers for the  development of integrated organic farming system  model at each of the Krishi Vikas Kendras in Bihar so that the technology could spread rapidly.
Officers from Bihar also interacted with the scientists of ICAR-NOFRI regarding the technologies developed at the research farm. They were interested in the management of pests and diseases though organic ways. Regarding the production of organic seed and organic nutrient management they were briefed by the scientists.
Joint Director ICAR–NOFRI R. K. Avasthe briefed the Bihar minister about the benefits that the organic farming systems had brought to small and marginal farmers of Sikkim in livelihood and anso the importamnce of organic farming in ensuring nutritional security in the state. He elaborated on the research, capacity buiding and skill development work undertaken by the ICAR–NOFRI and KVK, East Sikkim in the past five years with the aim to doubling the income of farmers by March 2022 through organic farming. The team from Bihar was also briefed about the temperate fruits and low cost plastic tunnels and rain shelters for year-round organic vegetable production in Sikkim.