India Produces Over 13 Million Tonnes of Certified Organic Products In 2012-13

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The total production of 13,41,547.31 million tonne of certified organic products has been reported in the country during 2012-13.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under Network Project on Organic Farming is developing package of practices of different crops and cropping systems under Organic Farming in different agro-ecological regions of the country. The project is running in 13 co-operating centres including State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) spread over 12 States. Organic farming package of practices for 14 crops namely basmati rice, rainfed wheat, maize, redgram, chickpea, soybean, groundnut, mustard, isabgol, black pepper, ginger, tomato, cabbage and cauliflower have been developed.

Under National Horticulture Mission (NHM), subsidy is provided for adoption of organic farming @ 50% of the maximum permissible cost of Rs. 20,000/ha for a maximum area of 4 ha per beneficiary. The programme is linked with organic certification. Subsidy under organic certification is project based, which is Rs.5.00 lakh for a cluster of 50 ha. For setting up of vermi-compost units, assistance is provided @ 50% of cost of Rs.60,000/unit.