Post declaration of Sikkim as the first organic State of India, the government of Meghalaya is leaving no stone unturned to make the State organic. In this regard, the District Horticulture Officer, East Khasi Hills has organized a one-day awareness programme for the farmers, where they were urged to use bio-fertilizers instead of chemicals.
The District Horticulture Officer, PS Kharnaio, while motivating the farmers stated, ‘We cannot be ignorant of the fact that the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has caused damage to the environment and our health.’
Though the use of chemicals cannot be done away with immediately, he requested the farmers to start organic cultivation in a phase wise manner in their field to reduce the economic loss due to transition. Farmers were motivated to take up organic cultivation, reduce and ultimately stop the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides which are harmful to the soil as well as to human life.