India: Organic farming redefines Kashmir agriculture

In Kashmir, more than 2000 hectares of land are being brought under the cultivation of organic vegetables.

The Director of Agriculture for Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, said that the Organic Vegetable Sale Centre, which was recently made operational at the Agriculture Complex Lal Mandi, had received an overwhelming response from both growers and consumers.

He told The Kashmir Monitor:  “Presently, we have 36 clusters of 20 hectares each under organic farming. We are promoting organic farming on a large scale. We have plans of having 100 more clusters. Nearly 2000 hectares of land will be brought under organic farming,”

“It (the sale center) is a permanent feature. Farmers were finding it difficult to have a dedicated market (for organic vegetable sale). The response from the consumers has been great. We sell all seasonal vegetables after a proper certification,” he said.

The Agriculture Director noted that five registered vegetable clusters of Srinagar, Baramulla, Pulwama, Bandipora, and Ganderbal districts had been linked up with the sale center at Lal Mandi to provide good quality vegetables to the consumers.

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