October 1, 2003, Swineetha Dias Wickramanayaka/just-food.com:
India will open a National Institute of Organic farming
later this month according to the country’s ministry
of agriculture. The institute strengthens India’s
position on the importance of organic farming to the
future of Indian agriculture. The government has already
shackled the institute with the weighty responsibility
of developing organic production for the domestic market.
In addition to facilitating domestic organic markets,
the Institute, which is scheduled to be operational
by the end of October, will be responsible for coordinating
the promotion of organic production in India, training,
setting organic standards and organizing a system of
certification. The Indian government has earmarked Rs1bn
(US $22m) for the project.
In a statement to a symposium on organic farming, the
ministry added that the “initial infrastructure”
for the institute was ready and that India’s National
Bio Fertilizer Development Center would be rolled into
the new organization.