October 09,2015

Karnataka was the first state to adopt a policy on organic farming in 2004. This was adopted in the midst of an agrarian crisis in the state that was leading to farmer suicides.

Policy objective was to reduce the farmers’ input cost by minimising their dependency on costly fertilisers and pesticides and save them from the vicious cycle of poverty and debt Since then,

several initiatives have helped farmers fight drought, but costly certification is discouraging poor farmers from taking it up