Over 14k hectares in Andaman Nicobar Islands gets ‘organic
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NEW DELHI: Over 14,000 hectares space in Car Nicobar and Nancowry islands within the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands has turn into India’s first giant contiguous territory to be licensed as ‘organic’ beneath the Centre‘s ‘Large Area Certification’ (LAC) scheme.
Farming operations shall be utterly free from chemical inputs on this space like the way it’s being achieved within the nation’s absolutely natural state Sikkim.
Armed with natural certification these hitherto unexplored areas will now have direct entry to the rising natural meals market of the nation.
Similar areas the place farmers have lengthy been practising conventional farming with out utilizing chemical inputs (fertilizers and pesticides) in Lakshadweep and Ladakh can even be licensed beneath the LAC, making the whole contiguous territory in these UTs ‘organic’.

“Once certification is done, the government will facilitate marketing of area-specific niche products through branding and labelling under its cluster approach,” stated an official within the agriculture ministry.
Certain recognized areas of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and northeastern states can even be recognized for the aim, treating them as natural pockets of the nation the place all farmers with their farmland and livestock want to stick to the usual chemical-free farming necessities.
The LAC is a fast certification course of that’s cost-effective and farmers do not need to attend for 2-Three years for advertising natural licensed merchandise after getting certification beneath the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS).
India presently has a number of smaller clusters, accounting for greater than 30 lakh hectares space unfold over many states, registered beneath natural certification as per the PGS-India certification programme the place the areas having chemical enter utilization historical past are required to endure a transition interval of a minimal of 2-Three years to qualify as natural.
As per the worldwide survey report (2021) on natural farming, India ranks fifth by way of space and is on the high by way of a complete variety of producers (the bottom yr 2019).
“Despite deep inroads of modern agricultural practices, still, there are large contiguous areas in hills, tribal districts, desert and rained areas in India that continue to remain free from chemical input usage. With little efforts, such traditional/ default organic areas can be brought under organic certification almost immediately,” stated the agriculture ministry in an announcement, underlining the launch of a novel fast certification programme beneath LAC to harness these potential areas.

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