Organic Farming Current Affairs - 2020
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The Government of India is to host National Organic Food Festival at the National Capital between February 21, 2020 and February 23, 2020. The festival is first of its kind. Around 150 women entrepreneurs are to participate in the festival
The Ministry of Food Processing is organizing National level Food Festival for 3 days. Several Self-Help Groups are to exhibit their spices, fruits and vegetable, honey, dry fruits, cereals, etc. The main aim of the festival is to boost production of organic products. The festival is to be conducted under the theme
Theme: Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential
The festival aims to conduct training programmes, marketing innovation programmes, imparting knowledge about supply of organic products. It will also conduct training programmes on FSSAI regulations that will help to get familiarized with regulatory processes.
Organic Market Potential of India
India is world’s 9th largest agricultural organic market in the world. It produces 1.7 million tonnes of organic foods. It includes cotton, pulses, fruits, tea, medicinal plants, coffee, vegetables, sugarcane, oil seeds, etc.
India has set a goal of increasing business of organic sector to Rs 75,000 crores by 2025. In 2015, it was Rs 27,000 crores.
Tags: Food Processing Industry • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) • FSSAI • Ministry of Food Processing • Organic Farming
The Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by PM Modi on January 3, 2020. On the sidelines of the event, the Farmers Science Congress was conducted for the first time. The event also witnessed the Yoga Science Meet.
Farmers Science Congress
The Farmers Science congress was conducted for the first time in 107-year history of the Indian Science Congress. The event highlighted importance of innovational practices in agriculture. The conference is significant as the current era is shifting from becoming self-sufficient in production to nutritional security. The importance of programmes such as ARYA were stressed at the event.
ARYA is Attracting and Retaining of Youth in Agriculture. It is being implemented by the ICAR. The programme aims at bringing the youth under Agriculture sector. This is to prevent the increase in migration of youth from rural areas to urban. It also aims at making them entrepreneurs by empowering them to take up agriculture and its allied services to gain employment.
Till now around 5,000 youths have been brought under the programme.
The event also stressed upon the following
- Development of nano-fertilizers and nano-pesticides by ICAR in order to promote organic farming.
- Around 56 models of integrated farming have been developed that will be promoted by NABARD and linked to rural development programmes.
- Farmers Innovation Centres and Innovation Funds are to be set up.
The Farmer Science Congress was held under 3 different themes namely.
- Farmers innovation on integrated agriculture and entrepreneurship to double farmers’ income
- Climate change, bio-diversity, conservation.
- Agrarian distress, farmers empowerment and rural bio-entrepreneurship.
Yoga Science Meet
The Yoga Science Meet was organised on January 6, 2020. The meet discussed how Yoga helps insulate from diseases. Also, the meet explained yoga postures and therapies.
Tags: Agriculture • Agriculture Sector • Farmer welfare • Farmers • Indian Science Congress