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TITLE:  DRAFT ORGANIC FARMING POLICY IN A MONTH

SOURCE: Express Network, India

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URL:    http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO20070827025601&Page=O&Title=Thiruvananthapuram&Topic=0

DATE:   27.08.2007

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DRAFT ORGANIC FARMING POLICY IN A MONTH

T’PURAM: With an aim to declare the state as ’Jaiva Keralam’, the draft organic farming policy of Kerala is expected to be finalised by the State Government in a month after presenting it on September 8.

The modalities are being worked out by the government to finalise the draft organic farming policy and with that 100 panchayats in Kerala will be declared as ’Jaiva Panchayats’ , Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran told this website’s News Paper.

By next year, an entire district will be declared as an organic farming zone, he said. It may be reminded that even the previous government had plans to declare three districts Wayanad, Idukki and Palakkad as ’organic farming zones’, but it did not see the light of the day.

The government had mooted the proposal following the success of the organic farm movement in Marappanmoola village in Wayanad.

The draft policy will be presented on the concluding day of the state-level convention organised by the Kerala Biodiversity Board which will begin on September 7. It would be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S.Achuthanandan in the presence of the Agriculture Minister.

Experts on organic farm policy from other southern states will present the draft of the policies of their respective states on the first day of the convention.

The organic farming policy will ensure that the organic sustainability in Kerala is restored through the use of harmless bio pesticides like neem and through the use of organic manure.

The existing chemical farming through heavy inputs of chemical pesticides will be done away with as it has led to the depletion of soil, resulting in harmful effects on crops.

Reiterating the state’s support for organic farming, Mullakkara Ratnakaran stated that ”Organic farming is natural and suited to the biodiversity in Kerala for it can only help in retaining the ecological balance.”

Irrespective of party affiliations, all the Assembly members will stand united on the decision to finalise Kerala’s organic farming policy. That would be in a bid to save the state from the entry of genetically modified crops and the use of chemical pesticides.


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