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Organic Farming Mission in Kerala


Why is it in the news?

  • The Kerala Government established the Organic Farming Mission to promote sustainable organic and climate-smart farming practices in the state.
  • In farms managed by the State Agriculture department, at least 10% of the area will be allocated for organic farming practices. Selected beneficiaries/farms of organic farming schemes are mandated to pursue organic farming for a minimum of five years.

About the Mission

  • The mission aims to expand organic farming to 5,000 hectares in Kerala over the next five years.
  • It has set an annual target of converting 1,000 hectares of farmland into organic farming.
  • Incorporating Organic Farming
  • The mission will work on expanding the system for certification, branding, and marketing of organic agricultural products from Kerala.
  • An organic farming protocol, aligned with national and international standards, will be implemented to enhance marketing potential.
  • The mission will focus on adding value to organic products, possibly through processing or other means.
  • To ensure that farmers have access to high-quality seeds and production equipment/materials, it will be facilitated through small-scale units, Krishikoottam collectives, the Karshika Karma Sena, Kudumbasree, Krishisree Centre, and Agro Service Centres.
  • The mission plans to formulate organic farming schemes in collaboration with Krishikoottam collectives and farmer producer organizations (FPO) in every Assembly constituency in Kerala.
In September 2023, the Kerala Government created the Poshaka Samriddhi Mission to increase the production of millets and vegetables, indicating a broader focus on sustainable agriculture.

 

Kudumbashree

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kudumbashree, founded in 1997 in Kerala, is a poverty eradication and women empowerment initiative backed by the Government of India and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Its mission, meaning ‘prosperity of the family’ in Malayalam, promotes democratic leadership and offers support networks to empower women within the Kudumbashree family.

Management Structure

  • A Governing Council chaired by Agriculture Minister, will oversee the mission’s operations.
  • An executive committee consisting of members from government departments and farm sector institutions will also be involved in managing the mission.
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Organic Farming: According to FSSAI, organic farming is a farming approach focused on creating an agricultural ecosystem without synthetic inputs like chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or GMOs.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Organic Farm Produce: Organic farm produce refers to agricultural products grown using organic farming practices, following specific standards for organic production.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Organic Food: Organic food products are those produced in accordance with organic production standards, ensuring they are free from synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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