The growing demand for organic vegetables, especially among urban residents, has convinced the state government to formulate organic farming policy, senior government officials said.
The Department of Agribusiness and Horticulture has asked rural farms to engage in organic farming and provided them with technical assistance as well as promotion and marketing support. The department will supply greenhouses and conditioning centers as well as organic fertilizers. It will also provide cars to transport these agricultural products to markets.
The department is also embarking on organic farming on its own farms.
The Agriculture Department, on the other hand, has set itself the goal of preparing 32 organic villages across Bengal, particularly in the North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts. It has set up 120 clusters, of 50 hectares each, where organic farming is practiced. About 194 farms in the department also grow organic vegetables separately.
This aside, the department under Swanirbhar Krishi Prakalpa collaborates with private agencies on organic farming.