Hyderabad: State farmers are showing interest to go for organic farming on a large scale and approaching Organic Certification Authority for approval of seeds.
Telangana got accreditation for inspection and certification of organic products from the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA) under Ministry of Commerce and Industries on June 1, since then State government has been encouraging farmers to go for organic farming.
Within a short period of four months around 185 farmers have applied for certification of products cultivated across 1,939 acres, for crops such as paddy, red gram, sunflower, ground nut, sunflower, tomato, brinjal and other vegetables.
“Farmers are coming forward for organic farming and certification authority have assured them that agriculture production system of the operator is being methodically assessed and conforms to the specified requirements under National Programme for Organic Production,” Dr K Keshavulu, Director Commissioner for Telangana State Organic Certification Authority, told ‘Telangana Today’.
The main aim of the State government is to maintain healthy environment, improve soil health, reduce human and animal health hazards, reduce cost of agriculture and optimum utilisation of natural resources for short-term benefit and help in conserving them for future generations.
Keshavulu said the department was conducting awareness camps for encouraging organic farming in a big way and of 185 applications received the office had completed inspections related to 91 applications for 983 acres and remaining were being checked. Adilabad district stood first with 29 farmers submitting applications for the certification of organic products followed by Nagarkurnool (26) and Nizamabad (21).
“We are explaining how to go for organic farming, department officials are guiding farmers and helping them rectify in case they have gone wrong anywhere,” he said and added that two different certificates would be issued to farmers, first one related to specific activity in terms of production and processing, and the second, for sale of products to buyers, he said.