Union Govt may help organic farmers tie up with etailers

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry is discussing a proposal to help organic farmers organisations tie up with e-commerce companies with state government help, according to a senior official.
In the absence of a dedicated marketing channel in the country for certified organic farm produce cultivation of which is thinly distributed across the country the proposal is seen boosting farmers income and helping firms like Amazon, BigBasket and Grofers maintain steady supply of thesefood items.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been stressing on the need to increase acreage under organic farming in order to empower farmers and help boost their returns. At present, only 2.25 million hectares is underorganic farming, compared with the governments target of covering 14 million hectares by 2025.