20th October, 2015, Hisar
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Hisar (Sadalpur) organized a mega-Kisan Goshthi at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar today.
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev, speaking as Chief Guest, stressed on the need of organic farming for a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy society. He urged farmers to adopt organic farming as there is huge market for such products. Farmers must use latest technologies in the field of processing and value addition and adopt cluster approach so that farmers’ groups can market the produce in cooperative mode, he added. He also stressed upon the prospects of organic farming in Haryana and said practising organic farming, lives of lakhs of rural masses can be transformed.
Dr. K.S. Khokhar, Vice Chancellor, CCSHAU highlighted the scope of organic farming in medicinal and high value crops. He also emphasized the role farm women can play in promoting organic farming since they are more close to nature and sensitive in using agro-chemicals.
Maj. Gen. Shrikant Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar elaborated upon the scope of organic farming and need of healthy food in present scenario. He talked about need of Integrated Farming System for promoting chemical less agriculture.
Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana emphasized the potential and scope the state of Haryana has in organic basmati and wheat. He appealed farmers in the irrigated tracks to better utilize natural resources like soils and water and asked KVKs to play a systematic role in promotion of Good Agricultural Practices.
Dr. A.K. Yadav, Former Director, National Centre for Organic Farming (DAC), Ghaziabad envisioned future of organic agriculture as a chemical free and sustainable way of doing business. He advocated to follow basic natural resource saving practices in agriculture and enlightened the house about different conditions for earning higher foreign exchange through production and proper marketing of organic produce.
Dr. (Mrs.) Nishi Sethi, Associate Director (Extension), CCSHAU, Hisar proposed the formal vote of thanks.
More than 2,000 farmers and farm women participated in the program.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)