The potential of organic farming in India is very huge because of its immense bio-diversity and natural resources in the country. There is a great need to promote the organic farming in the country. This was stated by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh while chairing the meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi.
Introducing the subject of ‘Organic Farming’ in the form of presentation during the meeting, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, told that the total organic production in the country is 1.24 million tonnes while total area under organic farming constitutes 0.723 million hectare under certification. Presently, it is being practiced mainly in 12 states and two states of North-East namely Sikkim and Mizoram are likely to become fully organic in a few years.
Participating in the discussion, MP Rodmal Nagar highlighted the need for developing collection centre-cum-lab for cow dung and urine for creating organic manure and gas which will be a source of income for farmers. In reply to this suggestion, Singh told that there is a provision for assistance to farmers under the National Gokul Mission. However, States have to take initiative in this regard. So far, one proposal from Madhya Pradesh has been received. He also mentioned that efforts would be made to increase the budget provision during the next financial year.
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Replying to a point raised by MP Dr. Tapas Mandal about organic farming, the minister clarified that subject of organic farming comes under the purview of Agriculture Ministry whereas exports of organic farming products is dealt with by the Ministry of Commerce.
MP Sumedhanand Saraswati suggested that Government should make continuous effort towards creating awareness about organic farming at the block level through various initiative like exhibition and presentation in the villages. He also indicated that there is a need to create awareness among farmers about labs and marketing of organic farming products. Replying to this, Singh asked ministry officials to circulate full details of six regional centres of organic farming to all MPs so that they may utilise the services of these centres for training purpose to farmers.
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