PATNA: Bihar government has decided to promote organic farming on the south bank of the River Ganga from Patna to Bhagalpur.
Giving his nod to Agriculture Road Map (2017-2022), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the officials of agriculture, water resources, urban development and minor irrigation departments to chalk out an integrated plan to develop villages situated on the south bank of Ganga as organic corridor.
He said treated sewage water could be used in irrigation for farming.
He said the centre of excellence for fruits in Desri (Vaishali) would be linked with nearby Krishi Vikas Kendra while centre of excellence for vegetables (Chandi, Nalanda) would be linked with Horticulture College Nursarai.
Stressing on the importance of organic farming, the chief minister has asked the officials to identify the villages located by the sides of state highways and promote organic farming there.
He also directed the officials to draw a plan to promote manufacturers of agriculture equipment and asked the industry department to certify the quality of the equipment made by the local factories.
He said the agriculture department should evolve computerized system so that the latest rates of the nation-wide markets could be on display in rural markets.
He said Kosi area could be developed as Moong seeds producing belt and Khagaraia should be made as a hub for maize seeds.