Samastipur, Dec 16: Scientists at Rajendra Agriculture University (RAU) in Pusa have converted Kothia, near here, as the first bio-village in Bihar.
RAU senior agricultural scientist Dr R K Sohane here today said the institution had recently launched a special drive against organic farming in order to make people aware of its adverse effect on the farm land apart from causing financial losses to the farmers in the state.
He said the prime objective behind the campaign was to motivate poor farmers for using bio-fertiliser on large scale in their land.
''Altogether 70 farmers in Kothia have started using bio-fertiliser in their fields and this had made the village as the first bio-village in the state'', Dr Sohane claimed.
Stating that the village would soon be developed as a model village to promote bio-cultivation in the area, the renowned agro-scientisit said they were also working on a project to provide High Yielding Variety (HYV) of seeds to the farmers with a view to converting a village into a ''Seed bank''.
Incidentally, the farmers of Kothia along with those in several other nearby villages like Birauli, Bhagwan Desua, Somnaha, Baikunthpur-Barhanda and Panchrukhi had been producing potatoes and wheat with HYV seeds for the past few months and have saved huge sum of money in terms of overall cost.