Farmers likely to earn 20% higher MSP on organic crop -Vishwa Mohan

-The Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Centre is mulling bringing organic produce under the minimum support price (MSP) regime to promote pesticide-free farming in the country. At present, there is no support price for organic produce, except in Sikkim which approved it in May for horticultural items.

The agriculture ministry recently discussed offering 20% higher MSP for organic farm produce over traditional (non-organic) produce and procuring a minimum 10% of organic produce as the way forward to promote pesticide-free and fertiliser-free farming.

“These options were discussed when state government representatives assembled here for the Rabi (winter-sown) crops conference last month. The ministry made a detailed presentation before them on way forward to promote organic farming and sought their opinion to go ahead with the proposal,” an official who participated in the discussions said.

States with substantial organic farming had pitched for other steps such as geo-tagging of organic area, using specific logo for organic produce (Jaivik Bharat) and issuing unique IDs to farmers to ensure traceability of organic farms.

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The Times of India, 8 October, 2018,

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