Meeting of organic farmers in Mysore on Oct 17

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Mysuru, Oct 17: The regional convention of organic farmers to be held in the city on Friday, Oct 17 will make an attempt to empower growers in the context of declining productivity amidst increasing cost of production and use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.

The convention, to be held at the Town Hall from 10 30 a m, will be attended by organic farmers from Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Hassan districts.

The convention will juxtapose the benefits of organic farming with the plight of farmers practicing conventional methods of agriculture, who are driven to desperation by mounting debts to meet the cost of production while suffering revenue loss owing to decline in yield and unscientific market price.

In view of the increasing awareness among people on the benefits of organic farming, the convention will take stock of the recent developments in the sector while making a strong case for farmers to take up organic farming in a big way.

Vivek Cariappa, who has been practicing organic farming for over two decades and is a member of the State Organic Farming Commission, told The Hindu that the convention was significant in view of the “negative" developments that had a bearing on farmers and their way of life.

He said that use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes, loss of seed sovereignty, corporatisation of agriculture and community property such as seed, water and other natural resources, increasing corporate control of agricultural markets, new international agreements and the hidden clauses therein, increase of cost of production in agriculture due to higher cost of inputs and labour had begun to affect the farming community.

Small and medium farmers were in a dilemma and conventional agricultural practice itself was becoming unsustainable. Hence organic methods would be proposed as a panacea for some of the ills plaguing the farming sector, he said.

The convention would discuss how best the Rs. 100-crore allocation made by the State Government to promote organic farming could be used.

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