J&K is outpacing Punjab and West Bengal in organic farming

The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is fast switching to organic farming. Some 25,000 farmers have completely shifted to organic farming in J&K, which puts the territory ahead of Punjab (24,012 growers), West Bengal (10,031), and Haryana (4,375).

The government has decided to bring nearly 25,000 hectares of vegetable land under organic farming in three phases. According to Director of the agriculture department, Kashmir, Chaudhary Mohammad Iqbal, it is encouraging farmers to adopt organic framing given the high returns and market value.

“The department has set a target of bringing  25000 hectares of land under organic vegetable farming. Kashmir will set an example in producing organic veggies,” he said. Iqbal said that they are also assisting growers in marketing their produce in the country. “We have exported organic vegetables to Dubai and many states of the country.“

Source: thekashmirmonitor.net

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