Bihar has shown an exemplary way in organic farming, thanks to the insight of the chief minister Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar’s government is promoting organic farming in a big way and the latest beneficiary of the hardwork put together by many farmers is the home village of Nitish Kumar in Nalanda District, Bihar.
Organic farming is not only flourishing in Bihar, the farmers are even preparing to export their vegetables to Europe. Farmers of a village in Bihar’s Nalanda district are the ones taking this big leap after receiving the prestigious C3 certificate by Ecocert, a French certification body for organic produce. The village is the first one in Bihar to have gained the fully organic status. The ‘Organic farming promotion programme’ launched a year ago by Nitish Kumar’s government has helped many a village in Bihar to reap success through organic farming. The farmers are happy at this new found opportunity to reach out to the organic markets internationally.
This success story has also proved a point that unlike large scale corporate farming which involves heavy machinery and pesticide support, organic farming too can get the farmer a profitable yield, that too without having to harm the land with pesticide residue in the process. It was a time consuming process for the farmers to shift from chemical farming to organic farming. However, the farmers are now happy at this new prospect of export with international firms, now that they have certified themselves as a 100 % organic village with no trace of pesticides including endosulfan, chlordane and lindane.
With many more districts on its way to complete organic status, Bihar is beaming in this new “Green Revolution”.