Gujarat government plans to promote organic farming through textbooks




In order to popularize organic and natural farming among the general public, the government of Gujarat has adopted a new approach to sensitize students, parents and the general public on chemical-free farming practices.








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In a bid to make organic and natural farming popular among the masses, the government of Gujarat has taken a different path to build awareness towards chemical-free farming practices among students, parents and society at large.












National Education has announced that it will introduce a special chapter on organic farming in the curriculum for grades 9 to 12. National Education called on experts in natural agricultural practices to prepare the content of the chapter. The objective, according to National Education, is to make pupils and parents aware of natural agriculture and its benefits.

In order to popularize organic and natural farming among the general public, the government of Gujarat has adopted a new approach to sensitize students, parents and the general public on chemical-free farming practices.

The state education department said a special chapter on organic farming will be added to the curriculum for grades 9 through 12. The Department of Education engaged experts in natural agriculture to prepare the content for the chapter. According to the Department of National Education, the goal is to educate students and parents about natural farming and its benefits.












State Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had presented a plan to rid Indian agriculture of dangerous chemical fertilizers while protecting the health of citizens.

“The government of Gujarat is emphasizing zero budget agriculture, under which the government wants to encourage and promote natural farming,” said Vaghani, adding that integrating a subject on organic farming into formal education will sensitize students at a young age and guide them towards chemical-free farming.

“The goal is to educate students and their parents about the dangers of using chemical fertilizers and insecticides. This will benefit the state by providing higher quality agricultural products and improving the overall health of citizens.“said Vagani.

Notably, the organic mission has received strong support from government and industry leaders. Last month, Governor Acharya Devvrat said that Gujarat will take the lead in organic farming in the country as it is the need of the hour for agricultural enrichment and farmer welfare.












On May 28, at a seminar on the cooperative sector in Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged farmers to practice organic farming. Amul, India’s largest food brand, has already marketed organic wheat atta packaged in consumer packs and plans to market organic pulses and cereals, including rice.











First published: June 13, 2022, 09:40 IST



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