ICCOA Team Visits Uttarakhand, Meets Hon’ble Agriculture Minister
Recently, the officials of International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) led by Mr Manoj Kumar Menon, Executive Director, ICCOA, visited the state of Uttarkhand to review the progress of organic farming projects under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) scheme.
In order to promote organic farming, the state agriculture department in 2019, had selected 78,000 ha of land, (3,900 clusters) for organic farming.
ICCOA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Uttarakhand. Since then 6,280 ha of lands under organic farming projects are administered by ICCOA. The total number of farmers involved in these projects is 12,995 in 313 clusters.
During their visit, Mr Menon and Mr Rohitashwa Gakhar, Director Operations, ICCOA, met Mr. Subodh Uniyal, the Hon’ble Agriculture Minister of Uttarakhand and apprised him about the status of the ongoing projects.
During their meeting, the minister shared government’s vision to make Uttarakhand a 100% organic state and also expressed his pleasure that the Central government is supportive about the state’s vision.
In the last one year, Uttarakhand has taken a quantum leap in organic farming especially under two schemes namely, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna and Namami Gange Clean Abhiyan (NGCA). The NGCA is a part of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
In January 2020, the Governor of Uttarakhand approved the Organic Agriculture Bill-2019.