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“Organic farming is the way forward”

Staff Reporter

NAGAPATTINAM: Organic farming is the way forward to battle the nature-induced and human-made vagaries of the tail-end of the Delta. This was reiterated at a one-day seminar on organic farming organised jointly by the Department of Agricuture and Krishi Vigyan Kendra at its premises here at Sikkal recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Collector C.Munianathan stated that the tail-end terrain with its clayey soil was rendered devoid of nutrient-induced fertility due to erosion of soil nutrients caused by run-off water and excessive use of chemical fertilizers. Use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers has also rendered fragile environmental and nutritional safety. Therefore, focus should be on re-nourishing and restructuring of soil and its character.

Addition of green manure and leaf manure would provide the required soil nourishment. Leaf manure includes Poovarasan, Neem, Nochi, Pungan and most other available leaves could be used during the preparation of the fields to enrich its fertility. Similarly, green manure such as Daintha, Sunhump, and Susdenia should be used along wth biofertilizers like rizobium, azobacter, asola, blue-green algae, all of which are available with agricultural depots.

Camps are proposed to be conducted at various locations to spread the message and importance of organic farming, said R.V.Karunakaran, Joint Director of Agriculture. According to Ambalavanan, Chairperson, Agricultural Marketing Committee, crop-friendly worms should be encouraged. Excessive use of pesticides and chemicals would cause greater damage to other organisms that provide nourishment to the soil.

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