Gujarat government on 27 March 2016 decided to set up country’s first university focusing on organic farming. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel made the announcement and called the farmers to switch to organic farming and its ways from conventional method of farming.
The state government is committed to promote organic farming and allocated a fund of 10 crore rupees towards the university in its 2016-17 annual budget. It also took steps like setting up of a cell to implement its new organic farming policy.
The location of the university is yet to be decided and also expected to be chosen near to agriculture Kamdhenu University in Gandhinagar district.
The university will exclusively focus on organic farming and research. Gujarat is most suited for organic farming as a significant portion of agricultural land in the state is rainfed.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming system in India is not new and is being followed from ancient time.
It is a method of farming system which primarily aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health
It will use organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials along with beneficial microbes (biofertilizers) to release nutrients to crops for increased sustainable production in an eco friendly pollution free environment.
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Who: Gujarat government
When: 27 March 2016