From October onwards, officials of Bihar’s agriculture department have been told to start working on creating an organic corridor along the banks of Ganga and the national highways passing through the state.
The state’s Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, agreed to the proposal at a review meeting and identified organic farming as a core area that needs to be promoted.
According to Hindustan Times (HT), organic farm clusters will be created along the river’s banks and the highways, and the corridor will give easy access to markets for organic farming purposes.
The idea is also to trigger a large-scale shift from the use of chemicals to organic fertilisers and pesticides and hence enhance land productivity.
For irrigation, the chief minister directed that a coordinated plan be made, in order to use treated sewage water. He also instructed officials to modernise seed processing equipment, as there is a shortfall of 10 lakh quintals of locally produced seeds.
This will help improve the availability as well as the quality of seeds.
“Around 15 lakh quintals of seeds of all varieties of crops grown in the state are required. At present, the state has a capacity of about 5 lakh quintals. It is imperative to step up production of quality seeds so that farmers are inclined to source their requirements from BSSC,” he told HT.
The chief minister also discussed a scheme for encouraging farm tool manufacturers with the officials and directed them to work on infrastructure facilities in marketing yards among other things, reported the publication.