KAZIRANGA, April 22 - The dream of turning the north-eastern region into a full-fledged organic hub, which was actually the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would see the light of the day soon in parts of Assam including Golaghat and Kaziranga along with other States of North-east India.
Informing this, Pradip Gogoi, an official of State Agricultural Department of Bokakhat told this correspondent that to turn a vast area of agricultural occupation into organic farming under the GOI scheme �Mission for Organic Value Chain Development� (MOVCD), the State Agricultural Department had selected Kaziranga Dagaon area, Mohpara area and number 2 Kohora village where different varieties of bao paddy viz. momoimon singia, amona, deori and beth were supplied to farmers free of cost. Similarly, a turmeric variety viz., lakadang had also been supplied to the farmers without charging any fee. Commonly bao rice is called deep water paddy and is also known as red rice worldwide.
Meanwhile before sowing the seeds, the State Agricultural department had also arranged tractors for the farmers free of cost for preparing the fields.
Under the MOVCD scheme, ten kgs of seeds per one bigha of land had been distributed among the interested farmers. Till now progress of work is encouraging as it has covered about 300 bighas of cultivable land in Kaziranga.
More than 40 per cent seeds have been distributed and remaining seeds would be distributed soon after the completion of repuddling of agricultural land. It is worth mentioning that due to rainy condition during the last part of March and the first few days of April, the seed sowing in some parts of Golaghat district got delayed. Agricultural official Gogoi also informed that within a short period of time they would be able to make up the losses of number of farming days without any difficulty.
Gogoi added that to motivate the farmers for proper and scientific application of organic biofertilizer, a demonstration was already given to the beneficiaries of the MOVCD scheme. Even organic nutrients like azotobactor and phosphorus soluble bacteria had been supplied to the interested farmers by the Agricultural department free of cost.
The government had also engaged a private company called Sheel Biotech to explain to the farmers about their objective for organic farming, organic cultivation, maintenance of official documents so that these beneficiaries can professionally do their organic farming activities without any involvement of middle man. Normally to make a full-fledged organic farm land, a period of three years is needed. During these initial three years, periodic soil testing of the particular organic farm land is done to ascertain how much progress had been made in making the agricultural field into am organic farming area. Once the land becomes fully organic without any presence of chemical in the soil, then a C3 certificate is given by the authority to the concerned farm land owner.
Already government had provided money to the beneficiaries for preparing vermicompost for its application to make organic farming.