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27.7 lakh hectares are under organic farming: Tomar
By TOG News Service
Jul 20, 2019

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, JULY 20, 2019: GOVERNMENT of India has been promoting organic farming under two dedicated Schemes, namely, Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER) and Parampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) since 2015. Organic Farming has also been supported under other Schemes viz Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Network Project on Organic Farming under ICAR. Third party certification of organic farming is promoted by Agriculture Processed Food and Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce.

As per the report received from States and Agriculture Processed Food and Export Development Authority (APEDA), the total farm area currently under Organic Certification is taken up in an area of 27.70 lakh hectares in the country including 5.98 lakh hectares under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), 0.639 lakh hectares under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCDNER), 19.38 lakh hectares under National Program for Organic Production (NPOP) of APEDA and 1.70 lakh hectares under other initiatives.

The Government has conducted study to assess the benefit of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Mission Organic Value chain Development for North Eastern Region(MOVCDNER) scheme through National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, in Rajya Sabha yesterday.