New Delhi, December 16: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said that in view of the importance of organic farming, with emphasis on sustainable production, food security and soil health, Central government is committed to promote organic farming. Singh spoke on the inauguration of Krishi Mela based on Organic Farming in Ghaziabad on Thursday.
He pitched for increased use of cutting-edge technologies including transgenic to address challenges of unknown biotic stress in crops and animals due to climate change. Also he called for development of biotic stress resilient crops and breeding of animals using indigenous as well as wild resources, while emphasizing the need to strengthen domestic and global quarantines to prevent movement of infected products to pest-free areas and countries.
"While new pests and diseases have regularly emerged throughout history, climate change has now resulted in emergence of large number of unknown biotic stress challenges in the environment," Singh said.
There is clear evidence that climate change is altering the distribution of animal and plant pests and disease, the full effects are difficult to predict, he said in a statement.
Singh was speaking at the meeting of agriculture ministry's consultative committee on 'Emerging biotic stresses as a challenge under changing climate'.
Emphasizing the need to take immediate steps for strengthening agricultural biosecurity and to ensure efficient management of biotic stresses, the minister called for "enhanced use of cutting-edge technologies and tools like MAS, transgenic and advanced-molecular tools to accelerate the process of development of biotic stress resilient organisms."