Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rs 35.38 cr project to boost organic farming in Assam

Guwahati: Assam's agriculture department would implement a Rs 35.38 crore project to boost organic farming in the state for which a four-member committee has been formed.

As part of the programme, a substantial area under each of the 126 assembly constituencies would be brought under different organic crops, mostly vegetables, fruits and rice, official sources said here today. 

"Organic farming will be formally introduced, covering a minimum of 50 hectares of cropland, in every constituency in the first phase", the sources said.
A four-member committee has been formed for the purpose which is studying various aspects of organic farming, including soil quality testing.

The Rs 35.38-crore project, to be implemented in three yearly phases, will involve and benefit 12,600 farmers.

Its different components include technology transfer, certification, fencing, mechanization, market linkage, and training to both farmers and service providers.

[Source: PTI ]

Kripaljyoti Mazumdar
Program Manager, CML, Guwahati

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