Shimla, March 5: Nowadays, in order to ensure the balanced use of nutrients in the fields and to get more productivity the farmers are switching to high-end organic farming. Notably, over 36,000 farmers have switched to high-end organic farming during past few years. These farmers are covering over 76,000-hectare fields and are producing 16.50 lakh metric tons of vegetables.
To ensure the balanced use of nutrients in fields, about 3 Lakh 89 thousand Soil Health cards have been issued to the farmers. 4,395 metric tons vermin compost is being produced annually in 517 units while 659 hectares of an area has been brought under the micro irrigation. More than 69 percent population of this hill state depends upon the agriculture sector. It is the backbone of people which contributes nearly 14 percent to state GDP.
The government has also issued 7.14 Lakh Kisan Credit Cards to the farmers so that they did not become victims of moneylenders. The farmers are also getting a subsidy on the organic manure, biofertilizers and bio Pesticides.
However, till the year 2015 around 26000 farmers adopted organic farming in Himachal Pradesh and covered 15541 hectares area under this practice. Importantly, Organic Farming (OcF) is not only environment-friendly but became a boon to improve the quality of soil content and texture in the arable land as peasantry is coming forward on their own to switch over to this practice.
Interestingly, as the farmers are day by day getting educated through several government institutions across the country they have opted for organic farming. Organic farming has not only led fields more strong but also helped in increasing the productivity. Organic farming has also led to the growth of the economy of farmers and country too.