VIA Agro & Rural Development Forum has organised a programme on ‘Towards Green and Prosperous Future.’ Om Jajodia, Chairman of VIA Agro and Rural Development Forum emphasised that for the last many years VIA has taken initiative for betterment of farmers and promoting them towards organic farming in segment of nursery business as well. “We are trying to give new dimensions in the nursery business. With systematic approach, the yield of cotton and pulses can be increased and it will support agro-economy of our region. Nursery business has great potential for micro and small business for the uneducated unemployed youths,” he said. “Today’s major problem is pollution which have caused many diseases such as cancer, asthma, TB etc.
To control such situations the organic greenery needs to be developed, no other options will give satisfactory results. Currently everyone wants to eat healthy and organic so the organic agri-practices are an ocean of opportunities for us,” he added. Milind Shende shared important insights about the horticulture. He said, horticulture crops should be developed in certified farms only. Such farm owner those who are selling grafts, seeds, fertilizers etc., should obtain proper license. Pulses and cotton saplings can be developed as a profitable venture and certified organic produces have huge demand in domestic and international markets, he pointed out. “Approximately, 5 lakh acre area is available in our region for agriculture and Agriculture Department has various schemes and technologies for agriculture practices and value addition in same,” he said. Prof Ashit Sinha, Mentor of VIA Agro and Rural Development Forum summed up the session with formal vote of thanks. He said, “There is no other business like agriculture which gives multiple output.”
He also said agro-preneurs should come forward to develop culture of organic food production. Farmers can also increase their income by adopting organic plantation. At present organic seed production, preservation of such seeds are very important. Shachi Mallik, Convenor of VIA Agro and Rural Development Forum said, “We feel this message should be shared with the nursery owners so that all developed plants should reach to farmers in trays. Farmers should also learn new techniques developing plants first and then putting them on field for cultivation. We will continue the efforts on healthy living without medicine. Also conducting programmes and will continue this movement by organising such type of sessions.”