(This essay was written by Prajambika Sharma, a student of Govt. Secondary School Sudunglakha, East Sikkim as her participating entry for the INTER SCHOOL ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION  held at  Government Secondary School, Sudunglakha, East Sikkim recently, as a part of Inter School Scholastic Competition, Organised by Zilla Panchayat, 15 Bering Sudunglakha TC and supported by State Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Childline (YODESS) and powered by Wandering Souls of Sikkim. She bagged first position in the competition and her essay is being published verbatim in the WSOS webzine. We wish her the best in life. –WSOS.)

At some point in our lives, we ponder the question, “Is every food we eat organic and healthy?” We often answer this question by thinking properly. Organic farming is the farming without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc..

Organic agriculture is not just a source of nutritional food and is not just a method of farming but also saves our mother earth and lives of farmers. The use of chemical products leads to increase of chemicals in the soil and indirectly on human beings. Fertilizers are good but only for a short period of time. In short, it depletes the nature. It is rightly said, “A good thing begins from home”. So, we must start or practice organic farming in our field. The Principle goal of organic farming is to enterprise sustainability and harmony in the environment. Organic farming is also defined as one of the forms of agriculture which relies on methods such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. It limits the use of manufactured fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides in addition to plant growth regulators. Organic farmers use all methods and the materials available to work with nature side by side. In this way, farmers can create a healthy balance between nature and farming. Likewise, Sikkim is the first state in India to have started eco-friendly farming a decade ago and is all set to become a fully organic state in the years to come. Organic farming is practised in Sikkim to maintain soil fertility, better production and prevent other degradation of soil. Inorganic farming affects the lives of farmers because it decreases soil fertility and productivity. This concern of farmers has led to a new concept of organic farming. But organic farming has lots of problems. The productivity is low and takes a longer period of time for the crop to mature. The Chief Minister of Sikkim had introduced a resolution and a bill in the Legislative Assembly seeking to take up organic farming in the whole state on a mission basis. Now Sikkim is playing a part of role model in organic farming. Organic farming is important for us because our health is wealth.

In my personal point of view, organic farming has the capability for the development of a country. It can be the torchbearer of a nation. We have a solution (organic farming) which if utilized or practised properly can bring or come across many benefits for the environment and also for human beings.

We being the responsible citizens of India, hereby promise to adopt organic farming and climb the next step towards the strong immune system which will help at least atom more for the development of our state and country. So, organic farming is the next big thing.



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