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Saudis visit Bhuj and Rajasthan farms

Bhuj/Jaipur: A 30-man-delegation of officials and progressive farmers from Saudi Arabia visited several farms in Bhuj (Gujarat). The team took keen interest in organic farming know-how. Since Bhuj and Rajasthan share the climatic conditions prevailing in Arabia, the delegation wanted to acquire farming techniques practiced in these regions. The delegation was sponsored by Morarka Foundation in collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s ministry for agriculture. It first saw banana plantation at Jayantibhai Thakkar’s farm where they were impressed by the “drip” irrigation technique. Next they visited Prakash Sharma’s farm where compost (organic fertilisers) were used. The plant of converting organic waste into manure was thoroughly inspected and applauded. They also went to vegetable and fruit garden of Ramesh Lalji Patel. The delegation led by agriculturist Saad Abdullah Khalil found compost farming a highly rewarding practice which they promised to experiment with in S.A. Morarka Foundation deputy general manager Shubendu Das who managed the visit to Gujarat and Rajasthan felt very happy on recognition of compost (organic) farming not only within the country but even abroad.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 19

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