Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, August 5

Haryana has one of the lowest acreage in certified organic farming, but is ranked fifth in the country for the export of organic products.

5,303 hectares in certified organic farming

The State has 5,303 hectares in certified organic agriculture, 4,903 hectares under the National Organic Production Program and 400 hectares in certification of the participatory guarantee system.

4,339 farmers engaged in the cultivation of organic cereals, mils, basmati

Only 4,339 farmers grow organic grains and millets, medicinal plants, wheat, basmati rice, fodder, fruits and vegetables, oil seeds, processed foods, legumes, spices, condiments, sugar , tea and tuber products.

The State has 5,303 hectares of certified organic agriculture, including 4,903 hectares under the National Organic Production Program (NPOP) and 400 hectares under the certification of the Participatory Guarantee System (SPG).

Only 4,339 farmers grow organic grains and millets, medicinal plants, wheat, basmati rice, fodder, fruits and vegetables, oil seeds, processed foods, legumes, spices, condiments, sugar , tea and tuber products.

The state exported 38,986 MT valued at Rs 348.77 crore in 2020-21. The facts are revealed in a response from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare on an issue of organic land in the country in Rajya Sabha on July 30. The Punjab has a total of 7,021 hectares in certified organic farming involving 12,861 farmers. . It exported 326.03 tons of organic food worth Rs 2.73 crore and was ranked 19th in the country in 2020-21. Only Andaman and Nicobar (1,360 hectares), Ladakh (817.85 hectares), Lakshadweep (3,595.51 hectares), Pondicherry (183.65 hectares), Daman and Diu (1,100 hectares) and Chandigarh (1,300 hectares) have an organic farming area smaller than that of Punjab and Haryana.

Neighboring Himachal Pradesh has 29,554 hectares of certified organic farming involving 60,891 farmers. Besides grains and millets, dried fruits, fruits and vegetables, herbal products, legumes, spices, sugar, tea and tuber products, she also grows apple, basmati rice, coriander and ‘rajmah’.

The state exported only 7.88 MT of products worth Rs 1.62 crore in 2020-21. Jammu and Kashmir has 31,179.82 hectares under organic farming involving 24,772 farmers. He exported 607.59 MT worth Rs 10.77 crore. Madhya Pradesh has the maximum area of ​​certified organic agriculture in the country. It has 11.96 lakh hectares under cultivation and 6.26 lakh farmers are engaged in it.

It exported 5 lakh MT of commodities earning Rs 2,683.58 crore in 2020-21, the highest in the country. It is followed by Maharashtra (Rs 913.74 crore), Gujarat (Rs 723.20 crore) and Kerala (Rs 355.34 crore). Haryana is the fifth largest exporter. Experts say it’s because the state’s traders bought organic produce from neighboring states and exported it.

The response from the Ministry of Agriculture indicates that the Center has been promoting organic farming through dedicated programs, namely Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region since 2015-16.

Both programs focus on end-to-end support for organic farmers, from production to certification and marketing. Support for post-harvest management, including processing, packaging and marketing, is an integral part of these programs to encourage organic farmers. The government has also started the Large Area Certification Program since 2020-2021 to certify large traditional organic areas such as hills, islands, tribal or desert belts with no history of genetically modified organisms and agrochemical uses.


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