Udgagandalam: Advertisements on organic farming in the agricultural budget are good for farmers in Nilgris.
According to farmers, the announcement of a special wing for organic farming under the Department of Agriculture will increase the need for organic farming and speed up the process of obtaining subsidies and other technical skills. They also welcomed the plan to establish an integrated village agricultural market in Nilgris.
For the past two years, under the Organic Nilgis Mission, organic farming has been encouraged and encouraged by the Nilgris Woreda Administration. Although the hill district does not have a separate agricultural sector, the horticultural sector covers the development of gardens, mills and tea plantations.
Shiva Nuramania Samraj, co-director of the Department of Fruit and Vegetable Development, said the woreda has the largest number of organic farmers in the state. Here, up to 4,800 farmers have received a space certificate from the Tamil Nadu Organic Certificate Division under a joint farming program.
Farmers must reach Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district to market their produce. “The integrated village agricultural market in Nilgiris is in demand,” Samraj said. “We have sent a proposal to the government. In this connection, the announcement during the agricultural budget period is accepted by the farmers of Nilgris.
Seven hectares of land on the Bettatti Sungam in Coonoor taluk has been set aside for the market, for organic products and for sale.
According to K. Ramdas, an organic farmer in Dimti village, the planned market will attract buyers from across the state. “We are asking the government to provide more subsidies for organic farming,” he said.
Four laboratories have been set up in the district to produce biofuel. According to the horticultural department’s plans, about 200 vermicompost units have been set up by farmers. The department is producing liquid fertilizers for farmers engaged in organic farming, such as Madakavia and Panchakavia.
Up to 600 hectares of land at Kinkoraray Inco Tea Factory, up to 800 small tea growers have been certified under local certification.