ICCOA Inks Deal with Govt. of Uttarakhand for JKVY

International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Uttarakhand to facilitate Jaivik Krishi Vikas Yojna (JKVY) under Namami Gange Clean Abhiyan (NGCA). The NGCA is a part of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) which was registered in August 2011 and acts as an implementation arm of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) referred as National Ganga Council.

According to the MoU, organic farming will be promoted in the villages lying along the banks of the River Ganga. The Central government started the Organic Agriculture Development Scheme under the NamamiGange Clean Abhiyan in 2020. The scheme aims to encourage farmers to adopt organic farming and promote chemical-free farming practices along the river.

This year, the project encompasses large farm area of 50,000 ha. Out of the total project of 50,000 ha, 5,000 ha (4,500 ha in Pauri and 500 ha in Dehradun district) will be administered by ICCOA as service provider while for another 10,000 ha in Tehri Garhwal, the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, has been appointed as the Regional Council (RC).

After registering the farmers for "Jaivik Krishi Vikas Yojna", it was also proposed that ICCOA would conduct three one-day training programmes. The year-long programmes which will be conducted periodically will also involve farmer exposure visits from their villages to the organic training centres or Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).

All along the three years of the project, the certifications will be granted under the Participatory Guarantee Scheme (PGS). Organic farming certificates will be issued to the farmers indicating that the products of their fields are organically grown and certified by the PGS. This will help them to sell their products both in the local and other domestic markets.

In Uttarakhand, the allotted project area will be in six blocks of two districts of Dehradun and Pauri. Out of these six blocks, five will be from Pauri and one from Dehradun. In total, 252 villages (248 in Pauri and 4 in Dehradun) will be earmarked for the project. Meanwhile, the process of selecting the farmers has begun in all the six blocks of the project area.

According to the scheme, the selected farmers will be provided with technical assistance to make various off and on-farm inputs. These techniques will be facilitated through training programmes and exposure visits. To top it all, organic manure and organic pesticides will be distributed free of cost to the farmers.

In brief, after the farmers receive their certifications and the produces are endorsed as organically grown, it will be easier for them to expand their presence in the market thus improving their income and livelihood.

Aromatic and medicinal plants like Dandelion and Rosemary too are grown.

Additionally, under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) scheme, organic farming implemented by ICCOA covers an area of 6,280 ha. The total number of farmers and clusters is 12,995 and 313, respectively. The organization has its presence in the five districts of Dehradun, Tehri, Pauri, Chamoli, and Almora Crops grown include fingermillet, Amaranth,, Barnyard millet, paddy, horse gram, soybean, black soybean, black gram, maize, wheat, barley, lentil, peas, vegetables, ginger, and garlic.