Govt sees huge potential for organic farming in A&N islands


  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands has huge potential to scale up organic farming.
  • Currently, organic farming is being taken up on a small scale in about 321 hectares of the Union Territory.
  • The island has immense potential and is favourably placed for organic farming due to less use of chemical fertilisers and abundant species.

Adverse effect of Chemical fertiliser

  • The environment and social and economic issues are linked to chemical fertiliser-based farming.
  • Large part of chemicals is absorbed by the soil, air, and plants.
  • Spraying of chemicals pollutes faraway plants and they seep into the ground and pollute water sources.
  • Use of chemicals has led to climate change and created ecological imbalance and it is affecting human beings too.

Sbout Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojajna

  • Launched in 2016.
  • Improve organic farming and soil health.
  • Also known as Traditional Farming Improvement Programme.

Fodder Point for Prelims

  • Sikkim has become India’s first fully organic state by implementing organic practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.

Source: TimesofIndia

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