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Promote organic farming for healthy life: Dir Agriculture

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SRINAGAR: A day long training program on Organic Farming was today organized by Joint Directorate of Agriculture Extension Kashmir here at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi.

The training camp was inaugurated by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, who while reiterating the importance regarding organic farming Director said, “Organic farming will be the future trend and this trend will be from Kashmir”.

The Director in a message to the masses said, “Consume organic food and promote organic farming for healthy life”.

Andrabi said organic farming is being acknowledged as a crop production system which can sustain health of soils, ecosystem and people by combining tradition, innovation and improved farm technology besides it can provide employment opportunities for rural populace.

Regarding overall demand of organic products he added that food quality and safety are the two important factors that have gained increasing attention in general consumers likewise the demand for organically grown foods has increased during the last decade due to health benefits and food safety concerns.

He further said that organic farming protects the environment and has a greater socio economic impact on the nation.

While highlighting the importance of organising training programmes on organic farming, Andrabi said that such programs will acquaint the officers of the department regarding the parameters to be taken for consideration for implementing the organic cultivation programs and more areas of Kashmir division will be earmarked for adoption of organic farming in near future.

The training program was attended by Joint Director Agriculture Extension, Joint Director Engineering, Project Coordinator Mushrooms, Director Rakhs and Farms, Senior Entomologist SPEDA besides senior officers and field level officers of the department.

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