Karimnagar: Karimnagar MP B Vinod Kumar called upon the farmers to practice organic farming methods instead of using chemicals. Otherwise, people would have to face severe problems in the future if the consumption of food items produced by utilising chemical was continued. He was speaking at a farmers’ awareness programme held in Karimnagar on Saturday.
Referring to the case of Bathinda of Punjab State, MP informed that Bathinda had flourished as wheat and rice bowl of India in 1960, 70 and 80s with the local farmer producing huge crops. The lands lost fertility and farmers began using fertilizers heavily for over two decades. As a result, people started suffering from cancer. There were cancer patients literally in every house. With this one could understand how serious the situation was, he opined and added that to avoid such kind of situation, Telangana farmers must practice organic farming methods.
He requested the Director, National Center of Organic Farming (NCOF), Dr Krishna Chandra to set up a centre in Karimnagar. Earlier, Krishna Chandra informed that not only in India, but farmers across the world were also utilising waste composer for germination of crops. Farmers belonging to Karimnagar and other areas were also using waste composer manufactured by NCOF during the last three years. Waste composer which is available at Rs 20 gives good results than that of Urea, DAP and other fertilizers. About 50 lakh bottles of west composer have been sold during the last four years.
Stating that scores of people in Bathinda were affected by cancer due to overutilization of chemical in farming, he said uncultivable lands would also turn into fertile lands with the usage of the waste composter. It could also be used for mushroom and fish growing. Former MLA Regulapati Papa Rao, District Agriculture Officer V Sreedhar and about 1000 farmers from different parts of the state as well as adjacent states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and others participated in the programme.