Uttarakhand to roll out Organic Agriculture Act in Jan

DEHRADUN: Come new year, and Uttrakhand will have its own Organic Agriculture Act making it the second state in India, after Sikkim, to have its own Act. It will be a major leap in transforming Uttarakhand into a fully organic state of the country and the Act will lay thrust on cultivating indigenous organic products.
State government sources said that the Uttarakhand Organic Agriculture Act has been modeled on the one implemented by Sikkim, the first fully organic state in the country that has implemented organic practices on around 75,000 hectares of agricultural land.
Director of Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board (UOCB), Vinay Kumar, said, Our focus is on organizing unorganized organic sector of Uttarakhand which has very high potential for buyers of national and international markets. The Act will regulate the private agencies, NGOs, etc. engaged in export, trade and processing of organic agricultural produce. Also, the entire process of organic certification for the farmers would become extremely easy with the induction of Organic Act.