Considering the growing demand for certified organic produce in the global markets, there is a dire need to create awareness about export potential of organic products amid farmers, Minister of State for Agriculture, Mohanbhai Kundariya said.
He was speaking at the 5th national conference on ‘Organic World-Advantage India,’ organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India in New Delhi today.
“While the government is spending crores of rupees on its promotion, still majority of people are unaware about organic farming and its benefits,” said Kundariya while inaugurating the event.
“With a view to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticide, farmers need to be encouraged to adopt organic farming practices which would also help in protecting land, water resources and improve farmers’ economic condition,” said the minister.
“Considering that potential of organic farming in India is very huge because of its immense bio-diversity and natural resources, we at the ministerial level are also taking various steps to promote organic farming and its practices in the country,” he added.
“There is a huge potential for growth and development of organic farming in India owing to factors like soil health deterioration, climate change, decline in per-capita landholding and others,” the minister further said.
He also said that adoption of organic farming on a large scale would help improve soil health, boost agriculture production and provide significant employment opportunities to the farmers.
The minister further informed that market for edible organic products in India is currently growing at 25-30 percent.
Though India is capable of producing all types of organic products, dearth of suitable land for organic farming is proving to be a bane for its growth, he said.