Farmers can market organic produce under brand name
Mangaluru, May 22: More than 4,500 organic farmers in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts will be able to market produce with their brand names after they receive certificates from Karnataka State Organic Certification Agency (KSOCA).
Under a state government’s initiative, a federation comprising 44 societies of organic farmers has been formed in three districts through the agriculture department. While there are 2,870 organic farmers registered in Chikkamagaluru district under the federation, there are 1,008 farmers in Dakshina Kannada and 630 in Udupi.
Agriculture department joint director H Kempegowda told STOI that the main objective behind certification programme is to popularize organic farming. “Organic certification is a three-year project started by the government with an objective to make farmers sell their produce with their brand names. In the first year, registered farmers’ groups will be given training in methods of organic farming, and they will be provided information on government schemes. Societies may market produces under their brand name with certification logo printed on it after successful completion of three years,” he said.