Organic farming needs more encouragement, said Lakshmidevamma, Progressive Organic Famer, here this morning speaking after inaugurating a two-day national seminar on 'Inclusive Agriculture Growth In India: Issues and Challenges,' organised by Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Mysore, at EMMRC auditorium in Manasagangotri.

Lakshmidevamma said that more than 90% of women today are involved in the agricultural sector and have been doing a good work. They need more encouragement and support to help them achieve great heights, she added.

"One needs to be updated with the latest developments in the field of agriculture and organic farming which could be adopted by them. It will take some time for the farmers to adopt themselves to organic farming after being used to normal agriculture where fertilisers are used predominantly. But once they get used to organic farming it will yield good result," she said.

She also stressed that natural farming and adopting various others occupations such as the livestock breeding and fishery could be a profitable option for the farmers.

She also urged the people living in urban areas to visit villages during their leisure to get an idea about the agricultural sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S. Rajendran, Head, Department of Economics, Periyar University, Tamil Nadu said that the objective of the 12th Five Year Plan to achieve the GDP growth of 10 per cent will not possible on agricultural not achieving its target of four per cent growth. He said that it was sad to know that every 30 mins a farmer was committing suicide in India.

He added that with country having more than 400 well established R&D institutes still the problems related to agriculture existed in the country. "It is important for the stakeholders to think about the solutions to solve the problems related to agricultural sector," he said.

Dr. Rajendran also released a book ‘Inclusive Agricultural Developments: New Dimensions’ on the occasion.