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India launches organic farming scheme

Staff Writer |
In an effort to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and to promote organic farming in Goa, the state department of agriculture has launched a state sector scheme for use of organic inputs by the farmer.

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"This is the first step we have taken in the direction of organic farming in the state. Hopefully, more and more farmers should adopt the practice of organic farming after availing this scheme." said director, agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.

Under the scheme, 50 per cent assistance will be given on cost of organic inputs limited to 10,000 per hectare and maximum up to two hectares or 20,000 per beneficiary for all categories of farmers on the use of organic inputs.

Organic fertilizers such as vermi-compost, mushroom waste, neem cake etc; bio-fertilizers such as rhizobium, azotobacter, azospirillium etc will be made available.

Farmers with a Krishi card and cultivating a minimum area of 0.1 hectare in the state are eligible.

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