Prioritising organic farming is the step in right direction: Greenpeace India

Press release - November 10, 2017
Welcoming this Government initiative to prioritise organic farming, Greenpeace India has expressed the hope that the step would not only bring farm and food security in Bihar but it would also serve as a role model for other States of the country.

Patna, 9 November 2017: The Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind has rolled out here today Bihar’s third roadmap for organic agriculture with a five-year time span. It begins from now and would continue until 2022.

Welcoming this Government initiative to prioritise organic farming, Greenpeace India has expressed the hope that the step would not only bring farm and food security in Bihar but it would also serve as a role model for other States of the country.

Greenpeace India has for long been actively pursuing ecologically sustainable organic farming in Bihar and thus it looks forward for the success of the roadmap launched today with the fervent hope that this would help in realising the dream of living and organic Bihar.

Greenpeace India’s senior campaigner Ishteyaque Ahmed said on this occasion that organic farming is the only way to improve farmers’ income and maintain biodiversity. And Bihar Government has some of the best plans and ideas vis-à-vis organic farming which need to be tried and implemented at a larger scale and possibly throughout the State.

He lauded the State Government’s roadmap to improve the lot of farmers in these crisis prone times for agriculture and rural economy as augmenting farmers’ income is the cornerstone of the roadmap.

He said that “the roadmap has provisions to reduce farmers’ dependence on chemical fertilisers and thereby curtail the cost of cultivation besides protecting the soil and environment.”

He explained how the district administration of Jamui has successfully created Bihar’s living soil model for organic agriculture in Kedia village that falls in the district’s Barhat Block by utilising schemes run by the different departments of the Government.

This model not only provides an alternative to the use of chemical fertilisers and insecticides and pesticides but is also surely going to lead to creation of sources of safe, clean and cheap fuel for cooking and sundry domestic use.

Through growing diversified crops, and going back to the growth of locally savvy variety of vegetation and fruit bearing horticulture both the food-basket and income of families in villages can be filled and enhanced, he pointed out.

Citing the example set by farmers from Kedia village he said that these farmers have proved that both productivity and quality could be achieved without using chemicals in cultivation and farming.

Ahmed remarked that the farmers of Bihar like the people elsewhere also have started realising the ill effects of chemical agro-supplements and, thus, they are now looking for alternatives. And, thus, the roadmap that the State Government has set rolling today could go a long way to help these farmers provided it is implemented with full or unreserved sincerity.


For more details, contact:

  • Ishteyaque Ahmad, Senior Campaigner: , 8084507888
  • Jitendra Kumar, Senior Communication Specialist, , 9868167337
  • Avinash Chanchal, Senior Communication Campaigner, , 8882153664