Go­ing Or­ganic

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Bhutan may well be on its way to be­com­ing the first coun­try in the world to go wholly or­ganic in its food pro­duc­tion as its au­thor­i­ties are com­mit­ted to rid the coun­try of chemical fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides. The people of Bhutan are hope­ful about achiev­ing the goal and are look­ing for prac­ti­cal nat­u­ral so­lu­tions to the pest and dis­eases prob­lems that still af­fect a few crops. Some ex­perts in Bhutan have crit­i­cized the au­thor­i­ties for be­ing overly op­ti­mistic, given the farm­ers’ in­creas­ing re­liance on chemical fer­til­iz­ers.

How­ever, those who do not agree with this po­si­tion in­sist that the trend is in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Farm­ers, they be­lieve, get quite ex­cited when they use chemical fer­til­iz­ers for the first time be­cause it re­duces their work to a great ex­tent. But over time they see the neg­a­tive con­se­quences of chemical fer­til­iz­ers and are likely to stop us­ing it. In Bhutan, around 70 per­cent of the pro­duce is al­ready grown with­out chem­i­cals.

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