Extension Strategies for Promotion of Organic Farming

Extension Strategies for Promotion of Organic Farming
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Extension Strategies for Promotion of Organic Farming

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PREFACE The 21 century poses a global challenge of ensuring sustainable development and a clean environment. The developed countries are struggling to sustain their economic prosperity gained through technological revolution, while the developing countries like India with predominantly agriculture-based economies present a sharp contrast population explosion followed by over exploitation of natural resources. This has led to poverty, environmental pollution and unsustainable growth. So, to achieve sustainable development in agriculture, the need of the hour is promotion of organic farming. With the introduction of green revolution technologies the modem agriculture is getting more and more dependent upon steady supply of inputs. Excessive dependence of modem agriculture and supply of synthetic inputs and the adverse effects being noticed due to their excessive and imbalanced use has compelled the scientific fraternity to look for alternatives like organic farming, LEISA, natural farming, ecological farming etc. Among several alternatives organic farming is an important one. In this context, it is imperative for agricultural extension to play vital role by designing effective strategies for promotion of organic farming. It is the need of the hour for providing proper understanding of concepts in organic farming and to evolve participatory methodology for documenting the various practices followed by farmers and to find scientific rationality where the onus lies on scientists. This book is the outcome of the winter school sponsored by ICAR, New-Delhi, which was planned and conducted with the objective of providing conceptual understanding on organic farming, possible extension strategies for production and marketing activities and to provide a platform for interaction with farmers.
Date 11.12.2005. Place Dharwad L.V. Hirevenkanagoudar Professor Head Dept, of Agril. Extension EducationUAS, Dharwad
A B O U T TH E B O O K Agriculture is a vital and most productive sector of Indian economy contributing 25 per cent of GDP and employing 65 per cent of country's work force. In the recent past, Indian agriculture has been poised for transformation in the context of globalization, liberalization and privatization. At the same time, the awareness of the consumer is increasing, who is focal point in the present competitive world. The quality of food is a matter of concern as the modem technology in crop production with the use of pesticides and mineral fertilizers in agriculture has resulted in residues. The standard analytical techniques are being developed rapidly so that more and more residues are detected. Thus, the modern agriculture is posing a global challenge for achieving sustainable development and clean environment. The farming community and scientific fraternity are looking for the alternatives like organic farming and other holistic approaches with environmentally beneficial practices including the elimination of