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US based NGO promotes `Natural Farming’ in Punjab

April 3, 2016 | By

Firozepur: In a bid to promote organic farming as ‘Nanak Kheti,’ NGO EcoSikh, in collaboration with the Living Successfully Foundation, organized a workshop at Lalchian village near Guru Harsahai town of Ferozepur on Saturday (April 2).

More than 100 progressive farmers attended the workshop, which was aimed at promoting organic farming in Punjab, creating demand and marketing opportunities for organic food products.

Rajbir Singh of Pingalwara Charitable Trust of Amritsar elaborated on the package of practices of natural farming and answered farmers’ queries on making the shift from chemical-based cultivation.

Image used for representational purpose only

Image used for representational purpose only

“Bhagat Puran Singh showed us a great way to conserve the planet. The Pingalwara Trust is working day and night to educate farmers of Punjab to cultivate their lands in Guru Nanak’s way,” he said.

EcoSikh South Asia project manager, Ravneet Singh said, “EcoSikh promotes ‘Nanak Kheti as Uttam Kheti,’ which is safe and healthy.

As Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar has shown the way by switching to organic langar, more gurdwaras are following suit. This is the perfect time for Punjabi agriculturists to practice organic farming. In future, this will benefit the cancer-struck state of Punjab and save our rivers, underground water, air and soil, which are polluted with carcinogenic pesticides and chemicals.”

The event also included an exhibition of organic products from the Farmers Help Society of Dhira Patra. The products included wheat flour, jaggery, porridge, pulses, butter and spices. Farmers were given cloth bags and reading material on natural farming.

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