Organic farming can create 8 mn jobs in Odisha: Assocham

September 13, 2012 0 Comments

Report claims that organic farming can lead to wealth accumulation of a whopping Rs 23,000 cr & generate exports worth Rs 600 cr

BS Reporter / Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar Sep 13, 2012, 00:13 IST

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), an apex body of trade association, on Wednesday said that adoption of organic farming in Odisha can generate about eight million jobs in next five years.

According to the Assocham study titled – “Organic Odisha: Inching towards organic farming”, promotion of this farming process will generate six million jobs directly and two million jobs in packaging and processing etc.

Though most of agricultural fields are rain fed, the state has an immense potential to bring even food crops under organic cultivation,” said D S Rawat, ASSOCHAM secretary general at the launching of the study report.

The report claims that organic farming can lead to wealth accumulation of a whopping Rs 23,000 crore and generate exports worth Rs 600 crore.

He maintained that the net per capita income of a farmer can go up by more than 250 per cent from Rs 3,000 presently to Rs 10,500 by 2017.

“Organic farming can be encouraged in the production of bananas, vegetables and milk in the state,” Rawat said.

India’s organic exports currently stood at 0.2 per cent of the total global organic exports. Out of the total 135 products in organic product portfolio, India exports only 86 products.

The country exports only $100 million (in values) to the $ 60 billion global market that is growing by $ 5 billion annually, he maintained.

Assocham study recommends that the state should increase cultivation through cluster approach to generate marketable surplus and provide economy of scale in marketing the products.

The Assocham official said the state government should set up a model village in each district for encouraging the usage of organic fertilisers for protecting the land from residual effect of chemical fertilizers. Assocham has submitted the study report to the Chief Minister recently.

The chamber has vowed to help the farmers by linking them with certification agencies and markets both domestic and international.

It may be noted that Odisha has the maximum area of 26,300 hectares of total organically certified area of 170,000 hectares in the country. Odisha is followed by Jammu and Kashmir (22,316 hectares) and Rajasthan (22,105 hectares).

The industry body has identified Kandhamal for setting up a cluster for turmeric while it will decide between two other districts Khurda and Koraput for establishment of another food processing cluster. The clusters will be set up in association with United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Food Processing and the state government.