Jharkhand governor bats natural farming

Ranchi: Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais has urged the agricultural scientists to spread the message of natural farming in at least one village of every panchayat of the state so that the ill effects of chemical-based farming on soil, environment and human health should be minimised.

Addressing the 45th vice chancellors’ convention of Indian Agricultural Universities Association (IAUA) at Birsa Agricultural University on Monday, he said, “I am aware of the pains and predicament of farmers as I come from a farmers’ family. No one in my extended family is in government job and all are associated with farming. The scientists must devise strategies for ensuring the availability of soil health cards to all farm families so that they could use fertilizers as per requirement only. Overdose of nutrients will certainly have adverse effect on soil health.”

The governor said 80% farming operations in Jharkhand are performed by women. “Therefore, scientists should device ways and means for improving their conditions. Farmers of low soil-fertility status regions should incorporate horticulture, animal husbandry and fisheries too in their farming system for sustainable return,” he said.

RC Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Education), ICAR said that country’s agricultural education is more focused on quality and relevance than that of placement. “Nearly 80% of New Education Policy recommendations like entrepreneurship development, community connect and 4-year degree programme are already being implemented in agricultural universities,” he added.