Saturday, April 28, 2007

India's Green Wave

"The group that got together was of organic farmers, and the leader was the Collector, T. Udayachandran. Their mission to conquer: the minds of farmers in the district to turn them organic. At the MYRADA office at Arepalayam, in Sathyamangalam hills, as many as 20 organic farmers assembled to discuss steps to expand organic farming in the district. The farmers presented a list of suggestions to the Collector to formulate a plan of action. Organic farmer R. Selvam of Arachalur, who presented the plan of action, said they aimed to unite organic farmers to create awareness among others in farming community; increase the involvement of women in organic farming; enlighten consumers about the benefits of organic produce; protect traditional seed varieties and animal breeds; rejuvenate lands `polluted by chemical farming'; evolve steps to make organic farming a part of school syllabi; create awareness about genetically modified crops, among others."

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