Badal urges farmers to opt for organic agriculture

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Old 21-Jun-2010
Badal urges farmers to opt for organic agriculture

Muktsar, June 20

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged state farmers to switch over to organic agriculture to prevent further contamination of underground water sources with pesticides. He was addressing farmers at sangat darshan programmes in several villages of Muktsar. He also released funds for the development of the villages.

He urged farmers to opt for cash crops that would not only result in their prosperity but would also help to improve water table that had over the years depleted to an alarming level.

The state government has introduced a scheme under which any farmer could avail a subsidy of Rs 1.50 lakh for cultivating vegetables in each kanal of land. He urged farmers to diversify from traditional agriculture by setting up dairy, fishery and poultry units to earn an additional income.

Badal said in view of shortage of farm labour, farmers should adopt mechanised agriculture implements. Small and marginal farmers had an option to form village-level societies to avail loan to purchase equipment.

Earlier, the CM inaugurated an adarsh school constructed at a cost of Rs 6 crore in Raniwala village. Nearly 21 such schools will be opened in rural areas of the state.

He said more job avenues for the youth of the area had been opened with multi-nationals having set up training institutes at Abulkhurana and Mahuwana in the district.

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