UDHAGAMANDALAM: Farmers in the Nilgiris district welcomed the announcement of 26 Crore for the purpose of extending organic farming in the state, in the agriculture budget tabled at at the assembly on Tuesday. They have also welcomed the allocation of 82 crore for cultivation of millets and 2.5 crore subsidy for cultivation of hill grown vegetables such as peas, chow-chow and beans.

Sivarajan, a farmer from Palada near Ooty, said,” In the 2021 Budget, the state government announced a separate wing for organic farming. Many farmers in the Nilgirs have already adopted organic farming. The renewed thrust in the method would further increase area under organic cultivation.”

Organic farming has been promoted by the Nilgirs district administration under the ‘Organic Nilgirs Mission’ for the past 3 years.

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