Organic Farming and Good Agricultural Practices
Organic farming is an emerging area in the country and the export potential of organic products is increasing across the world. During 2018-19 it is proposed to assist organic farming and the components of the scheme include assistance for certification, Empowerment of clusters, Promotional assistance for clusters, Green manuring, Model units for organic manure preparation and Safe to eat food production including Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) certification through VFPCK & Krishibhavans. Organic farming would be also be supported under the centrally sponsored scheme Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY). An amount of Rs.150.00 lakh is provided for Kuttanad Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) project& promotion of zero budget natural farming. The GAP components with certification alone will be supported from the special project and all other components will be supported from Special Agriculture Zone (SAZ) components as required. The provision under the scheme will also be utilized for the promotion of zero budget natural farming which gives emphasis to the popularization of traditional varieties and safe food production following ecofriendly farming practices. The components for the programme includes support to GAP clusters, establishment of new ecoshops and support for existing ecoshops, direct marketing of GAP certified produce, awards to best performing LSGIs etc. It is envisaged that 10 percent of beneficiaries of the project will be women.