For farmers, organic is still a dirty word: study

New Delhi, Aug 2 | Updated: Aug 3 2005, 05:30am hrs
Chemical fertilisers are more in demand than organic manure in the agricultural sector. According to an NSSO survey on Indian farmers for 2003, 76% farmer households reported using fertilisers during the last kharif season while only 56% used organic manure. During the last rabi season, 54% used fertilisers as compared to just 38% of farmers who used organic manure.

On being asked to grade the quality of the resources as good, bad and satisfactory, a majority (65%) of fertilizer-using farmers rated it as good, said the report. While 35% thought that the quality of fertilisers was satisfactory less than 1% considered it as of poor quality. Amongst organic manure users too, 65% of those using it during kharif season said that the quality was good while 1% thought it was bad and the remaining thought it was satisfactory. Amongst the rabi season users, a greater proportion (70%) rated the quality of manure as good.

Fertilisers were mostly used during the kharif season rather than during the rabi season in all major states except Bihar, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, said the report.