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Haryana Government to Set Up Training Centre for Organic Farming

Haryana government to provide assistance for setting up a centre to train farmers in organic farming

India: In order to promote organic farming in Haryana, the state government is planning to set up a training centre for organic farming in Gurukul, Kurukshetra, which would help the farmers to learn the benefits of organic farming and would also help them in enhancing their income. The state government had decided to bring 10 per cent of the total cultivable area under organic farming in the state, which is being done in a phased manner. Currently, out of one crore acres of land in the state, area under cultivation is 70 lakhs. The government has planned to cover seven lakh acres of land under organic farming.

In the first phase, the dairy farmers are also being associated with this initiative. The first phase was launched on 2nd February under which 20 clusters would be established across 10 districts to promote organic dairy farming. Each cluster would include 50 acres of agricultural land. The government intends to start five clusters in every block so that about 50,000 acres of land could be made cultivable under organic farming in the first phase.

TechSci Research depicts that the initiative taken by the state government is set to increase awareness regarding the benefits of practicing organic farming. This would also increase the income of farmers as the organic products are sold at premium prices as compared to conventional agricultural produce. The companies offering organic food products would also be benefitted from this initiative as this would make the process of organic food procurement much easier in Haryana as well as in neighboring states.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, India Organic Food Market By Product Type, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011 - 2021”, the market for organic food in India is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 25% during 2016–2021, on account of changing food consumption patterns and increasing instances of contamination of farm produce with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, surging investments in organic food market and rising use of bio fertilizers. Organic pluses and food grains segment dominates India organic food market, as pulses and food grains form an important part of staple diets in India. Further, West India is anticipated to continue dominating the organic food in the country through 2021, on account of high disposable income levels and rising health consciousness among consumers in the region.

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