Think twice before using fertilisers, farmers told

Coffee planters should think twice before using chemical fertilisers and pesticides. More emphasis has been given to environment and bio-diversity in the international market, said NABARD General Manager C P Appanna.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on ‘Quality improvement, value addition and importance of butterfly rearing in coffee production’, organised jointly by Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo, Agricultural University, Bangalore , Kodagu Krishi Vijnanigala Vedike,  Swastha organisation and Chai Kadai, Bangalore in Madikeri recently.

“We have been growing coffee in a conducive environment in Kodagu. However, coffee from Kodagu is not getting good price in the international market. At the same time, we must get certified from an international agency on the quality of the product, to get better price for coffee,” he said.

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“By rearing butterflies, we need to establish the fact that no environment hazard activities have been carried out in the coffee estates. Many western countries refused to import agriculture products from India, owing to chemical content found in it,” he added.
He gave a clarion call to the farmers to adopt organic farming.

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