Atul Bora, the Agriculture Minister of Assam, said that Assam will be encourage more scientific research into organic farming as most of the north eastern states, including Assam, have not yet used fertilisers, pesticides, or other man-made chemicals.
Bora said that tribal farmers have been using natural farming methods for a long time, especially in hilly places. Now, all these farmers need to do to boost their production is find scientific methods that work with the way they’ve always done things.
Bora spoke at a one-day workshop on ‘National Mission on Natural Farming,’ which was put on by the Government of Assam’s Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati. In his speech, he talked about how climate change is hurting farming all over the world.
The minister told the people in charge of agriculture to focus on a sustainable way to grow crops so that the agro-ecosystem wouldn’t be damaged in a way that couldn’t be fixed.
Bora talked about how the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in agriculture is bad for people’s health. He asked the Assam Agricultural University and other agricultural research institutes in the North Eastern States to help farmers learn how to do natural and organic farming.
The agriculture minister talked about the different steps that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken to make Assam a leading agricultural state by raising the incomes of small and marginal farmers. He said that since most farmers in the state are small and marginal, they will make more money by using natural farming systems because the cost of production for chemical-based farming systems is going up every day.
The minister also asked the scientists at Assam Agricultural University to work on making a natural farming production system that is more holistic, safe, and safe to run.