Lucknow: To promote organic farming in Uttar Pradesh, industry body Assocham has decided to adopt five districts in the state.
“The Assocham has decided to develop five districts in UP as organic districts and a delegation of the association will soon meet chief minister Mayawati in this regard,” its general secretary D S Rawat told PTI.
He said under the plan, training will be imparted to farmers of these districts, besides promoting medium and small enterprises in the state by developing 25 clusters on public private partnership (PPP) basis.
When asked the names of districts, Rawat said, they will be decided after meeting the state chief minister.
“The farmers will be given training in carbonic farming for three years and they will be given certificates by global agencies,” he said.
Rawat said that by adopting carbonic farming and marketing the products with the help of Assocham, income of farmers will increase by 200%.
“Despite a huge global market of organic products, carbonic farming is negligible in UP. The Assocham has fixed a target of exporting organic products of Rs1,000 crore in the next three years,” he said.
Currently, market of organic products in Europe and America is around Rs two lakh crore against which products of only Rs450 crore are being exported from India, he said.