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Govt to promote organic cultivation of indigenous cotton in 3 states

Monday, Jun 3

 

By Kaushal Verma

 

NEW DELHI – The government, under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, is planning to promote the cultivation of indigenous varieties of cotton in the leading growers–Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka–a senior government official said. 

 

"We are encouraging farmers by providing them seeds, and agri-inputs at lower rates to grow more organic cotton. Organic cotton is healthier for human use in comparison with genetically modified varieties," he said.

 

Centre is helping farmers to add more area under indigenous varieties of cotton by improving soil health and fertility so that they can get better remuneration. Currently, around 1,000 ha is under organic cotton in the three states, he said.

 

The government has recommended farmers in Karnataka to grow Sahana, DDHC-11 and DLSa-17 varieties of cotton, while for those in Maharashtra, it has recommended the use of LRA 5166, Suraj, AKA 081 varieties, and for Madhya Pradesh, it has recommended JK 1, JK 3 and Suraj varieties, the official said.

 

According to the official, using organic methods to cultivate cotton saves water when compared with conventional methods that depend heavily on chemical pesticides, fertilisers or seed treatment. He added that farmers who grow indigenous varieties of cotton through organic farming methods receive better prices comparison with those that grow genetically-modified cotton.

 

India is one of the largest growers of cotton in the world, while the US, Canada, Japan, and the European Union are among major importers of Indian organic products, the official said.  End

 

Edited by Mainak Moitra

 

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