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Organic Farming

Promotion of Organic farming

Kachchh is a pioneer of start organic farming movement in Gujarat. Since 1994, some eminent farmers had started doing organic farming. Later on, they had formed an informal association called “Kachchh Savijkheti Manch”. Finally, this name was replaced by Satvik: Promoting ecological Farming, a registered society, and Trust. So the genesis of Satvik is rooted in organic farming. Initially, Satvik was mainly working on awareness activities like organizing farmer-consumer milans, Kisan milans, farmer exposures etc. Based on production and demand side, the small organic outlet was opened in Bhuj. This had created a big opportunity for organic produce market in the country and abroad too. In 2007, Satvik in association with local organizations had organized small rainfed farmers for organic certification and market linkages. Up to 1,800 farmers and their 12,000 Ha land was certified according to NPOP, EU, and NOP standards. For that Satvik was working with IMO Control, Control Union Certifications and OneCert Asia Agri Certification for third-party certifications. Farmers associated with Satvik were offering diverse organic produce ranging from arid pulse to fresh fruits. Satvik has been developed market linkages with Arvind Mills Ltd., ITC Ltd., WALA Germany via Castor Products Company and NPM India for certified organic products like Kala Cotton, Kesar Mangoes, Castor Oil, Mango Kernel etc. After formation of local FPOs, Satvik has been handed over the whole project to FPOs.

 

Recently Satvik is working with Shri Ram Krishna Trust for providing organic farming training to farmers. It is pre-decided 3 days training program every month. Satvik is a service provider to district agriculture department for implementation of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Organic Farming Policy of Gujarat State.

 

  • 1,800 rainfed farmers were organized and their 12,000 ha land was certified as organic as per NPOP, EU, and NOP norms.
  • 500 MT produce was sourced as certified organic having the value of 2 Crore.
  • Farmers had received Rs. 15 Lack as a premium of their organic produces.
  • More than 3500 farmers were trained in organic farming.