Govt launches website and first newsletter of AIOA
Government calls for higher focus on organic farming at launch of Association of Indian Organic Industry website
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The government plans to increase coverage of land under organic farming to 0.7 million hectares which will be associated with more than 1.5 million farmers.
Speaking at the launch of the website of Association of Indian Organic Industry (AIOI) along with its first newsletter, Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Parshottambhai Rupala said that this is a timely and much needed initiative to bring together stakeholder, industry experts, commodity boards and farmers together.
He added that this will take India forward as the main organic products hub for the global market. He informed that a scientific research institution had been set in Sikkim to encourage work in the organic foods sector.
In his keynote address, Dr M H Mehta, Chairman, National Working Group on Eco-Agriculture highlighted the fact that product Integrity, consumer trust and branding will further elevate the potential of organic output. Alongside the launch, there was also an insightful panel discussion with eminent experts.
The panelists noted that there was a need for associating farmers in the policy making process to ensure fair income for farmers and growth in the organic sector.
Dr S K Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner of India, stressed on the implementation of Good Agriculture Practices as enunciated by the QCI under the acronym of INDGAP to support organic farming and added that its benchmarking with Global GAP should be expedited.