LEH: At Leh Polo Ground, the first ever Ladakh Organic Farmers meet held and it was chaired by United Nations Ambassador for Mountain Development Partnership, Drigung Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.
With an aim to promote sustainable agriculture development in Ladakh, the grand event was organised by LEHO, LEDeG, Ladakh Women’s Allaince, Amchi Sabha, SECMOL and Go Green Go Organic in association with the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh.
Chemical fertilisers make soil unfertile over a period of time besides killing many insects and worms many of which are even good for the fertility of the soil, said Skyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, while appreciating local NGOs and highlighting the side effects of use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture
He said he has seen many people in West who do organic farming after they finish their education and advised that many Ladakhi youth can also do organic farming after completing their education.
Dawa informed the gathering that LAHDC has made agriculture its priority with the aim to make Ladakh organic gradually. He said that LAHDC has decided to minimise chemical fertiliser year by year to gradually move towards organic agriculture.
Earlier, Founder Director LEHO, Dr Mohammad Deen, while citing examples of Sikkim and Bhutan willing to go organic, said that bio and composed manure than using chemical fertiliser and going organic is possible in Ladakh.