Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:17:30 GMT | By IANS

Bihar to export organic mushrooms, vegetables

Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state and has decided to promote it in at least one village of the state's 37 districts

Bihar to export organic mushrooms, vegetables (© Reuters)

Patna: Bihar will export organic mushrooms and vegetables grown by hundreds of farmers in Nalanda district to Japan, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Hungary among other countries, official said. "After Chief Minister Nitish Kumar assured farmers of Nalanda who grow organic mushrooms and vegetables, the state government has decided to export them to several countries," an official in the chief minister's office here said.

During his visit to to organic farms in Nalanda Thursday, Kumar said that preparations are afoot to export mushrooms and vegetables to encourage farmers and provide them more opportunities for profit. According to Nalanda district officials, the government has set up a mushroom seed production unit and a spawn production unit in Nalanda, 100 km from Patna. Nalanda is the home district of the chief minister.

"Organic mushrooms and vegetables grown in Nalanda meet international standards," an official said. Pawan Mahto, an organic vegetable grower in Nalanda, said that the government's move is good news for farmers like him. "It will inspire farmers in other districts to adopt organic farming", he said.

Madhu Patel, a mushroom grower, said farmers engaged in organic mushrooms would benefit by the government's help to market their products abroad. "It will encourage people, particularly women, to grow mushrooms," she said.

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