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Organic farming native to India: NATCO Trust

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Kolkata, Nov 22 :  Organic farming provides a high premium for the farmers' produce with low capital investment and the ability to use traditional knowledge.

Going Organic will benefit the people and the nature. NATCO Trust, a non-profit organisation based in Hyderabad, is empowering thousands of farmers in going organic.

Organic farmers are seeing the benefits for themselves, for the soil and for the environment.

'' In developing countries like ours, where 3/4th of people below the poverty line live in rural areas and where more than 80 per cent of rural people live in households that are involved in agriculture, improving poor farmers' livelihoods is central for addressing rural development. In recent times, organic farming has increasingly gained attention as a way to manage natural resources in a more sustainable way and to raise incomes, especially of smallholder farms, '' according to NATCO Trust.

“Our agricultural and farming systems need to be reinvented to cater to the changing times. Many of our farmers are underpaid, malnourished, are frequently using chemicals that harm their health, and rely on practices that seriously degrade their land. Not only this, the food that they are producing is often coated in harmful chemicals, has little taste and is low in essential nutrients,” a NATCO Trust spokesperson said.

Organic farming normally does not involve capital investment as high as that required in chemical farming. Furthermore, since organic fertilizers and pesticides can be produced locally, the yearly costs incurred by the farmer are also low.

Organic food is normally priced 20-30 per cent higher than conventional food. This premium is very important for a small farmer whose income might only be sufficient to feed his/her family with one meal.

Organic farming normally does not involve capital investment as high as that required in chemical farming. Furthermore, since organic fertilizers and pesticides can be produced locally, the yearly costs incurred by the farmer are also low. (UNI)