New Delhi: India is one of the oldest organic agricultural nations of the world and a large part of the country still practices traditional organic farming. This was stated by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh at the inauguration of Organic World Congress 2017 at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida on 9th November. The event, organized by International Federation of Organic Farming Movements (IFOAM) and OAFI, witnessed the participation of 1,400 representatives from 110 countries, and 2000 Indian delegates.
Mr Radha Mohan Singh said currently, 22.5 lakh hectares have been brought under organic farming and 3,60,400 farmers have been benefited by Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana. Now, the aim is to bring 50,000-hectare area under organic farming in the northeast region. So far 45,863 hectares have been brought under organic farming, 2,406 Farmers Interest Group (FIG) have been created and 44,064 farmers have been linked to the scheme against the target of 2,500 FIG.
Mr Singh said that in Uttar Pradesh, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana was launched in 2015-16 and so far 28,750 farmers have been benefited from 28750 acres of land. For the marketing of organic products, the government is allocating Rs 5 lakh per district for the setting up of sales outlet.