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Workshop on Challenges in Organic Cultivation and Marketing

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

The objectives of the NAFED shall be to organize, promote and develop marketing, processing and storage of agricultural, horticultural and forest produce, distribution of agricultural machinery, implements and other inputs, undertake inter-state, import and export trade, wholesale or retail as the case may be and to act and assist for technical advice in agricultural, production for the promotion and the working of its members, partners, associates and cooperative marketing, processing and supply societies in India.

As per the objectives of the NAFED, One day workshop was organized on the theme `Market Linkages to Cooperatives/Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO`s)/Farmer Groups at NCUI Auditorium, on 13th july 2018. The Senior Officers from APEDA, Joint Secretary, INM, GOI, Director NCOF were  also present.

Shri Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, IFS,  Managing Director, NAFED introduced hi-tech horticulture in Odisha and extensively worked with small and marginal farmers and introduced new crops like banana, guava, vegetables, etc., besides working on strengthening the Agri-value chain to increase the returns for the farmers.

Adoption of Organic farmming for cultivation of crops has not only proved to improve the food quality and mitigate climate change but also provide better price to farmers by facilitating low intensity farming. With the growing awareness about the safe and healthy food, the need for organic system in agriculture is felt more and more over the world.

NAFED with the motive of facilitating farmers for getting remunerative price for their produce and as a part of its vision of entering into emerging areas of Agri sector, has initiated organic farming projects of the Government of India through grants under then National Horticulture Mission (NHM) and Rashtrya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). NAFED's aim to entering into this activity was to initiate interest amongest farmers to convert into non-chemical form of cultivation practices.

Since 2007, NAFED is playing a pioneering role in the implementation of Organic Farming by undertaking various projects in different parts of the country, funded under NHM and RKVY. Three projects under NHM and RKVY are under implementation stage in area of approx 32000 have the state of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Completion report of two certification projects under NHM has been submitted to U.P. and Punjab State Governments.

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