Gujarat leads in toxic farming, lags behind the country in organic farming

Gujarat leads in toxic farming, lags behind the country in organic farming
Dilip Patel, 29 may 2022
Under the Natural Farming Campaign, which started from Gujarat on 16 December 2021, a new area of ​​1.27 lakh hectares has been added in the country to make agriculture non-toxic. Whereas 4.09 lakh hectare area was already under natural cultivation. This information is given by the Office of Natural Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture. In the next three years, 6 lakh hectares of new area will be brought under natural farming.

All Gujarat Development Trust has registered 2536 farmers and 12 thousand acres of land for organic farming.
Bhal area in Gujarat is in 2 lakh hectares. In which Bhalia wheat grows in 18 thousand hectares. Where organic farming is possible. Because the use of chemicals is less in it. Bhalia harvests wheat without irrigation. Gujarat’s BJP leader at the Center, Purushottam Rupala, despite being a state level minister, is behind Gujarat in subsistence farming.
Not much has been done even after Dang district was declared a district for natural farming. Gujarat has made organic agriculture university by making organic agriculture policy but they do not have staff.

Organic farming
In 2015, organic farming was done in Gujarat in 41,950 hectares. The Department of Agriculture estimates that this has doubled in 5 years. These include gram, maize, groundnut, cotton, cumin, mango and wheat.

Toxic farming in Gujarat
On an average, 3 kg of chemicals are used per person in agriculture in Gujarat. A total of 15.88 crore kg of chemical fertilizers are used in wheat. Although least chemicals are used in wheat, but in Gujarat 15 grams of chemicals are used to make one kg of wheat.

Gujarat Policy

The Rupani government of Gujarat formulated an organic farming policy in 2015 and created an organic university. Farmers who do organic farming do not get market and adequate price. Despite the court’s order to formulate an agricultural policy in Gujarat, this has not happened.

India produces Rs 2 lakh crore and Gujarat Rs 10,000 crore. In which the largest part of Bhalia wheat has been there for centuries.

Ganga Project
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management at Hyderabad has been made a center of excellence for natural farming. Where master trainers are being prepared for natural farming. Training to do natural farming in five kilometers each on both the banks of the Ganges. He has no project for Gujarat.

government will help financially
The farmers who have decided to do natural farming in 1.27 lakh hectares will get Rs 12200 per hectare. Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh have created Natural Agriculture Board but Gujarat has not.

Andhra Pradesh is number one in natural agriculture. It is the largest area under cultivation. Then there are Chhattisgarh and Kerala. Gujarat comes after 20 states.
Madhya Pradesh
The government claims that 8 lakh farmers are engaged in organic farming in 17 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh. Farmers who keep indigenous cows for natural farming in Madhya Pradesh will be given a subsidy of Rs 900 per month. But a similar scheme has been announced in Gujarat since last year.