Maharashtra Govt Decided to Set Up Mission for Organic Farming
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has decided to set up a mission for promoting organic agriculture in the State. The decision to set up the mission was taken at the State Cabinet meeting. The mission will also help create a value chain for distributing organic farm products.
For promoting organic agriculture in the last budget, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had declared a ₹100-crore provision.
According to the press statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office, the mission has been named Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh Organic Agriculture Mission. Punjabrao Deshmukh was a veteran farmer leader of Maharashtra.
In the first phase, the mission will be implemented in farmer suicide-prone districts of Buldahana, Akola, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal and Wardha.
The mission will help distribute farm products such as fruits, vegetables and grains, which would be free from pesticides and insecticides.
The statement also said that, the mission will focus on low-cost technology for enhancing from income, create a system for recycling of farm waste, create a marketplace for selling of organic farm products and explore export opportunities.