Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that India’s economy would transform if it met demand for organic food worldwide and the dairy sector could play a important role in achieving this. “Now is the time for India to switch to natural farming. If India meets the demand for organic food worldwide, then India’s economy will be transformed,” Shah said during the talks. National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Golden Jubilee celebrations in Gandhinagar.
He added that the dairy sector can play an important role in realizing India’s organic ambitions. “The domestication of 2-3 cows can help organic farming on 30 acres of land.” He added.
The National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI), based in Anand district of Gujarat, is the apex organization for the cooperative dairy sector. Its members include federal dairy cooperatives from states and union territories. The main objective of NCDFI is to facilitate the work of dairy cooperatives through coordination, networking and advocacy.
“At present, organic farming is practiced on an area of 38.09 lakh hectares in the country, including 6.19 lakh hectares under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), 1.23 lakh hectares under the Namami Gange scheme, 4.09 lakh hectares under BPKP (natural farming), and 26.57 lakh hectares under the National Organic Production Program (NPOP),” according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The government has been promoting organic/natural farming through dedicated schemes i.e. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Mission Organic Value Chain Development in North East Region (MOVCDNER) Farmers are given financial aid of Rs 31000 .(ANI)
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