Mr. Abhay Mutalik Desai practices HOMA Organic Agriculture in Belgaum, Karnataka.
Photo: Abhay Mutalik Desai and his wife – in purple and yellow clothing – receiving the recognition of the 2nd place of the "Dharti Mitra National Award for Organic Agriculture" for their commitment to Homa organic farming.
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The Minister of the Union of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare,
Sri Radha Mohan Singh said that "We have become dependent on chemical agriculture and the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals and have increased production, but at the same time, the excessive use of chemicals has resulted in the production of unhealthy crops. If we analyze the adverse effects of the indiscriminate use of these chemicals in the environment, we realize that a large part of the chemicals is absorbed by the soil, air and plants.
The spraying of chemical products contaminates far away. In addition, these chemicals are filtered into the groundwater resources and contaminate it.
The use of chemical products has also led to climate change and has created an ecological imbalance that is affecting human beings. For the sake of soil health, sustainable production, and healthy and nutritious food for people, organic agriculture is a national and global requirement".