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Govt. to promote organic farming

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BANGALORE, FEB. 17. The Agriculture Minister, H.K. Patil, who on Monday got his Ministry's policy on organic farming approved by the State Cabinet, the first such policy to be adopted in the country, today said that farmers would be encouraged to adopt organic farming and gradually give up the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Outlining the prominent features of the policy, Mr. Patil told presspersons here that enough damage had been done to the environment and cattle by inorganic farming.

But, farmers had not benefited and plenty of resources such as water, money, and power were wasted. These resources could be conserved by adopting organic farming.

He said there was a demand for chemical fertilizer- and pesticide-free foodgrains and other agro-products in the cities and farmers would get remunerative prices for their organic produce.

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