Kerala forms an organic  mission to promote climate-friendly agricultural practices

The Government of Kerala has established Organic Farming to encourage the adoption of sustainable organic farming and climate-friendly farming practices in the state. The mission aims to expand organic farming in the state to 5,000 hectares in the next five years with an annual target of 1,000 hectares. Kerala Agriculture Minister P Prasad said the government issued formal orders for the task on October 26. In the farms of the Ministry of Agriculture, at least 10 percent of the land is reserved for organic agriculture. Another task of the mission is to ensure that beneficiaries or farms of selected organic farming systems follow the system for at least five years.  In 2010, the Kerala government announced an ecological agriculture policy. The Left Democratic Front also promised an institutionalized mechanism to promote organic agriculture in its election program. The Mission is taking steps to expand the system of certification, marking, and marketing of organic products in Kerala. As part of the measures to improve the market potential, a protocol on ecological agriculture will be introduced, which is synchronized with the protocols valid at national and international levels. The task also focuses on adding value to organic products. The mission will also initiate organic farming schemes in every assembly constituency in Kerala in collaboration with  Krishi Koottam collectives and farmer organizations. The affairs of the representative office are handled by the council and the executive committee led by the Minister of Agriculture, whose members are the heads of ministries and agencies in the agricultural sector.

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