Karnataka, in southern India, plans to use Cuban expertise in promoting organic farming across the state to achieve self-sufficiency in local food production. The Deccan Herald reports that about 2,000 farmers from across the region are scheduled to visit Cuba in March for a first-hand view of the organic farming practiced there to overcome food shortages due to the U.S. economic blockade. The article explains:
In the run-up to the upcoming week-long visit, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had invited the Cuban ambassador, Miguel Angel Ramirez, to participate in a farmers’ rally Jan 29 at Hubli, about 400 km from Bangalore. “Our success in using organic farming for food self-sufficiency is based on scientific advances we made to overcome the hurdles created by the US blockade,” Ramirez had told about 25,000 farmers at the massive rally.
[. . .] The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which had sent about 1,000 farmers in batches to China and Israel during the past two years, will spend about Rs.100,000 on each farmer for the Cuban trip. The state government set up early this fiscal [year] the Organic Farming Mission, headed by A.S. Anand, with Rs.100-crore budget outlay to encourage organic farming and minimise the use of fertilisers and pesticides in cultivation. About 118,000 hectares of land across Karnataka are under organic farming practiced by 90,000 farmers.
For full article, see http://www.deccanherald.com/content/133884/karnataka-seeks-cuban-expertise-organic.html
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