Organic Farming and Good Agricultural Practices
H/A: 2401-00-105-85Rs. 240.00 lakh
During 2021-22, it is proposed to assist organic farming and the components of the scheme include assistance for certification, empowerment of GAP clusters, promotional assistance for GAP clusters, green manuring, model units for organic manure preparation and Safe to Eat food production including Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) certification through VFPCK, Krishibhavans and other stake holders like FPOs.
Organic farming of fruits and vegetables through VFPCK and Krishibhavans will be promoted. The assistance from centrally sponsored scheme Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) will also be utilized for supporting organic farming for developing organic farming clusters and providing financial assistance.
An amount of 50.00 lakh is set apart for assistance to formation of organic clusters under proper registration and certification.
Project based assistance will be provided for on farm production of bio inputs for which an amount of 50.00 lakh is set apart. Certification of the bio inputs produced will be ensured for quality control.
For marketing of organic farming products produced in clusters and GAP certified produce an amount of 25.00 lakh is set apart as assistance for ecoshops for marketing which include establishment of 15 new ecoshops including grading, packing and labeling of organic and safe to eat products and strengthening of existing ecoshops. Barcoding of safe to eat products produced through these clusters will be taken up to ensure traceability of the products.
Mechanism for certification of GAP vegetables and fruit products and its branding will be established. Direct marketing and market network of GAP products will be developed by VFPCK. An amount of 75.00 lakh is set apart for organic farming of fruits and vegetables through SHGs and certification through VFPCK. From this, an amount of 10.00 lakh will be utilized for organic farming promotion in Idukki District. It is envisaged that 10 percent of beneficiaries of the project will be women.
An amount of 40.00 lakh is earmarked for undertaking activities supporting organic farming for safe to eat food production in the state.