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.