Organic board staff stir hits certification process

Dehradun, June 23: The process of certification of several organic farmers has been delayed as the field employees of the Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board are on a strike for the past 10 days because of the non-payment of salaries for months. They have also been demanding regularisation of service.

The field employees are 52 in number. They conduct on-the-spot inspections of agriculture being done by farmers to ensure they are adhering to the rules of organic farming before certifying them as organic farmers. It is noteworthy that an organic farmer uses only cow dung as manure in cultivation and does not use chemical-based fertilisers or pesticides.