Rural farmers urged to go organic

PARBUK, Sep 16: Dambuk MLA Gum Tayeng motivated rural farmers to switch from the conventional to organic farming methods.
Attending a workshop on organic farming conducted by Future Generations at Parbuk village in Lower Dibang Valley district on Saturday, Tayeng told the farmers that the state government launched its Organic Mission in April last year to convert Arunachal into an organic state in a phased manner.
Kaling Moyong from Siang Tea Industries Ltd explained to the farmers various health hazards caused by chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and discouraged the use of herbicides in “round-up management of tea gardens.”
Moyong urged the rural people to opt for organic methods in tea and vegetable cultivation, and taught the farmers the methods of preparing herbal pesticides and organic manures from green herbs and bio-wastes.
Dr Ramesha from the Roing KVK urged the farmers to take the pledge that no chemical would be used in their agriculture fields at any cost. He appealed to the senior leaders, GBs and local villagers to cooperate with the commercial horticulturists and vegetable farmers in going organic, in order to protect the community’s health.
Around 150 farmers from Parbuk and Kangkong villages attended the programme, which was sponsored by the MLA.
The fertile plain lands in the rural areas of Lower Dibang Valley district, bordering Tinsukia district of Assam, are highly feasible for cultivation of tea and other crops. At least 50 small tea growers of the area have developed model tea gardens of their own.