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Centre to promote Organic Farming

New Delhi, July 31: The Policy of Ministry of Agriculture on organic farming is to promote technically sound, economically viable, environmentally non-degrading, and socially acceptable use of natural resources in favour of organic agriculture. The Policy seeks to actualize the area and crop potential for organic farming, sustaining soil fertility, conserving bio-resources, strengthening rural economy, promoting value addition, for accelerating the growth of agro-business and securing a fair standard of living for the farmers and agricultural workers and their families.

Government is promoting organic farming through various schemes/ programmes viz National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)/ Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana(PKVY) , Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm (NMOOP) Network Project on Organic Farming of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Programme on Organic Production (NPOP) of Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). The pattern of assistance provided to state governments through various schemes for promotion of organic farming is given at Annexure-I.

Under National Mission of Sustainable Agriculture, the National Centre of Organic Farming, Ghaziabad, is conducting various extension and publicity activities like Exhibitions, Radio Talks, TV Programmes, distribution of literature on organic inputs/ organic farming etc to educate farmers. NCOF is also publishing Bio-Fertilizer News Letter as well as Organic Farming News Letter Bi-annually and Quarterly respectively. In addition, various books on production and use of biofertilizers have been published in various languages for distribution to the farming community. Radio jingle (Hindi) on promotion of organic agriculture have been broadcasted on 4 different FM Radio Stations at Delhi, Bangalore, Nagpur and Lucknow.

National Centre of Organic Farming is also organizing the training programmes for farmers in Saansad Adarsh Grams (SAGs) from 2015-16.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya in Rajya Sabha today.

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