India’s Organic Farming Mission: Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Others Follow Suit after Sikkim
New Delhi, July 12: When Sikkim spearheaded its organic farming mission in 2003, we could have only hoped that it would have a rippled effect on the rest of India. The objective of the mission was to adopt and implement the practises of organic farming with a systemic approach, develop linkage between the farmers and the market with intervention of certification agencies, and most of all, march towards a sustainable living. The good news is that this organic mission has nudged the other states to take measures as well, and with the Government’s full support, some of them are making prominent changes to go chemical free and make the practise sustainable and profitable.
After Sikkim, India is promoting a “cluster” approach for chemical-free farming across the country. More and more cultivated areas are being dedicated for organic farming, with an aim to hit 10 lakh hectares by 2017-18. Many states have already started forming organic farming zones in support of this initiative, such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Karnataka.