18-May-2012 16:23 IST
The Government is promoting organic farming through various schemes such as National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), National Horticulture Mission (NHM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States (HMNEH).
Activities like capacity building, input production, technology transfer and awareness campaign are being supported under these schemes/programmes.
These initiatives have helped increased availability of organic produce in the country.
Government had set up a Task Force in 2001 for promotion of organic farming in the country. Based on its recommendation, National Centre on Organic Farming and its six regional centres became operational during 2004. During 2008, Government constituted an ” Expert Committee for Promotion of Organic Farming”. Based on its recommendation, quality control regime for various organic inputs and farmer group centric certification system “PGS¬-India” were introduced in National Project on Organic Farming scheme.
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
(Source: PTI : http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=84129)