JK eyes 300 hectares for organic farming in Jammu

JK eyes 300 hectares for organic farming in Jammu

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir intends to bring 300 hectares of area in Jammu under organic farming.
Speaking in ‘Sensitisation Programme on National Programme for Organic Production’ held at Entrepreneurship Development Institute Jammu on Tuesday, Director Horticulture for Jammu, A K Sharma, said the area should be adopted for organic farming with an incentive of Rs10, 000 per hectare to farmers for a period of three years.
“A maximum of four hectares shall be allowed per beneficiary,” he said.
The programme was organised by the ministry of commerce and industry, New Delhi, under the aegis of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
It was meant for horticulture and agriculture departments, certification bodies, exporters, service providers, and farmers related to the higher-value organic products of walnuts, saffron and basmati rice.
Besides Director Horticulture, H N Semwal, who is Joint Director Uttarakhand State Organic Certification Agency (USOCA), was also present.
Advisor APEDA Dr PVSM Gouri deliberated on the aims of National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), which includes the policies for development and certification of organic products and other targets.
He said APEDA has taken special initiatives to promote the NPOP in order to enable the organic stakeholders to derive the benefits of organic agriculture. He said Jammu and Kashmir has 50,000 hectares, of which 29,000 hectares are wild, under NPOP certification.
The crops cultivated under organic certification in J&K are saffron, walnut, basmati rice and rajma, he said.
The programme concluded with an interactive session between farmers and officers drawn from different districts.

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