CHANDIGARH,27.02.20-One Day National Seminar on, “Organic Farming : A Way to Sustainable Development”, was organized by Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector-45/B, Chandigarh. ShirmanNirmal Singh Ji Dhillon, Secretary, Dev Samaj, inaugurated the seminar. Dr. Shiva Malik, convener, welcomed ShrimanDhillon Ji, the Chief Patron, Dr. Agnese Dhillon and Prof.Promila Pathak, the keynote speaker on the occasion. Dr.Meena Chopra, Principal, accorded a floral welcome to the distinguished guests. ShirmanNirmal Singh Ji voiced his concern about the world civilization that has embraced short term growth at the cost of sustainable development. Dr. Agnese Dhillon congratulated the college on hosting this seminar which is the need of the hour.

Prof.Promila Pathak, Professor, Department of Botany, stressed on the issues faced by organic farmers in India. She pointed out the lack of policy measures on the part of the government, rising input costs, poor marketing, and an inefficient as well as time consuming certification system. She concluded by saying that we should grow organic, eat organic and support organic. Researchers, experts and practitioners of organic farming from all over the country participated in the seminar. Mr. Sanjay Chadha, Principal, Agriculture University, Palampur, a senior scientist who has made notable contribution in research and development in organic farming, and Dr.MadhuGill, Senior Manager, Council of Punjab Organic Farming, were the Guests of Honour. More than 35 research papers were presented on various subjects ranging from pest management under organic condition, weed management, nutritional management strategies and farm water management to organic farming and women entrepreneurship.

Prof.Sucha Singh Gill, Senior Professor, CRRID, Chandigarh, in his valedictory address congratulated the college on organizing this successful seminar which provided a platform for exchanging views.