Organic Farming and Good Agricultural Practices

H/A: 2401-00-105-85 Rs. 600.00 lakh

         The objective of the scheme is to promote safe to eat food production through good agricultural practices. Considering the impact of climate change in agriculture, the scheme will support and promote carbon neutral agriculture practices in a scientific manner.

During 2022-23, an amount of ₹ 600.00 lakh is set apart for the scheme. It is envisaged that 10 percent of beneficiaries of the project will be women.

The component wise outlay is given below.

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          Empowerment of existing GAP clusters, promotional assistance for new GAP clusters, green manuring, model units for scientific organic manure preparation and Safe to Eat food production including Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) certification through VFPCK, Krishi bhavans and other stake holders like FPOs will be supported under GAP vegetable production component An amount of ₹ 278.00 lakh is allocated for promotion of organic farming and good agricultural practices.

          Assistance for on farm production of bio inputs as per the KAU, Package of Practices recommendation (in the selected GAP clusters) along with certification, will be project based for which ₹ 100.00 lakh is earmarked.

        Organic farming of fruits and vegetables through VFPCK and Krishi bhavans will be undertaken as part of Centrally Sponsored Schemes. A suitable mechanism for certification of organic and GAP vegetables and fruit products and its branding will also be established. An amount of ₹ 75.00 lakh is allocated for Organic farming of fruits and vegetables through SHGs and certification through VFPCK.

Two Hi-tech organic supermarket will be established in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts for which an amount of ₹ 50.00 lakh is allocated.

An amount of ₹ 47.00 lakh is earmarked for undertaking activities supporting organic farming for safe to eat food production in the state including certification activities.

        Under the CSS, National Biogas Development Project, assistance @ ₹ 12000/- plant is provided for general category and ₹ 13000/plant for SC/ST category/or as per the guidelines of the scheme. The cost of construction of biogas plants in the State varies from ₹ 30,000/- to ₹ 1,00,000/- per plant. In order to make the scheme attractive to the farming community an amount of ₹ 50.00 lakh is earmarked from state plan funds as additional assistance for the construction of biogas plant @ ₹ 8000/plant and ₹ 9000/- plant for general and SC/ST categories respectively over and above the central assistance.