The organic farming belt will rise on both sides of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh departments of agriculture and horticulture, together with the Jal Shakti department, are implementing a plan to convert a five kilometer radius on both sides of the Ganges into an organic farming belt and in the process provide farmers with “New and diversified income platform”.
“Under the plan, villages and farmers settled on both sides of the Ganges will be encouraged to go organic by discouraging the use of chemicals (fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides) and growing grains, fruits and flowers organically. Farmers will also receive training in organic farming, ”said a state government spokesman.
“The government is embarking on organic agriculture, considering the large market and demand for organic products in the country, as well as abroad. The Yogi government is working on three main goals simultaneously through a plan to promote organic agriculture. The first objective is the cleaning and protection of the Ganges. The second is to boost the income of farmers and the third is the production of large quantities of organic crops in the state, ”said the spokesperson.
“Farmers will receive the necessary equipment at favorable prices, along with training and information for it. The departments are in the process of identifying organic crops and products and providing special markets for the scheme, ”said ministry spokesman Jal Shakti.
To rid the Ganges of pollution, the Yogi government has decided to take strict measures to stop the use of chemical fertilizers. The state government is preparing to completely ban the use of chemical fertilizers in the districts where the Ganges passes, the spokesperson added.
“By promoting organic farming, natural farming and horticulture on the Ganges plains, the government will provide a new and diversified income platform for farmers,” said an official from the department of agriculture.
In addition to the proper management of solid waste, garbage disposal, polyethylene will be completely banned in the villages along the Ganges. A senior official from the Namami Gange department said that the use of chemical fertilizers was one of the main causes of pollution in the Ganges and that the idea now is to stop it completely.
UP Cabinet Minister and Government Spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said the Yogi government was committed to the betterment and advancement of the state’s farmers alongside the ‘Ganges Nirmal and Aviral (Clean and Free Flowing Ganges ) ‘.
Trees and plants such as peepal (holy fig tree), pakad (white fig tree), mango, jamun (black plum) and banyan will be planted along the river to protect its banks from erosion and degradation.
Bargain nurseries will be developed in all districts and all plants along the river will be geotagged to prevent their theft. For this, help will also be taken from the forest department.
A campaign will also be launched to free the lands along the Ganges from invasion so that these places become attractive to tourists.
Ganges stadiums will also be built in villages along the river to promote sports. The renovation and beautification of the ponds along the river are also part of the plan.