In a comprehensive and wide-ranging dialogue with the Rajasthan government’s agriculture department, non-government organisations have suggested standardisation of guidelines, facilitation of organic farming certificates and innovative steps for motivating farmers to adopt organic farming. The discussion with over 50 NGOs from across the state was organised at Pant Krishi Bhavan last month to work for promoting organic farming in a uniform manner. Principal Agriculture Secretary Neelkamal Darbari said the state was giving high priority to development of organic farming in the districts such as Banswara, Churu, Sikar and Dungarpur, where farmers were engaged in innovative agricultural practices.
Darbari added that the department would shortly organise a five-day organic farming training programme for NGOs and farmers. Subhita Sigar of Gramin Avsranchna Vikas Sansthan said the NGOs would work closely with the government agencies to reach out to the maximum number of farmers. Working under one umbrella with the government would enable the NGOs to provide accurate information and techniques to farmers about organic farming, she said.