21-06-2013 10:26 AM | India

Organic farming spreads its root in State, albeit slowly

Amid allegations that a project conceived in 2010 to phase out agriculture driven by synthetic fertilizers and pesticides by 2025 has fallen by the wayside, acreage under organic agriculture is showing promise as more and more farmers are taking up the cause of getting rid of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.

Numbers from some of the districts show that there is substantial acreage under organic cultivation (both certified and uncertified).

A senior official of the department of agriculture said Kasaragod district, where pesticide endosulfan has caused major health problems, has 3,482 hectares (involving more than 6,000 farmers) under organic cultivation.
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