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Organic Food, Integrated Organic Farming: Big Investment Opportunity in Indian Agriculture Sector

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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With the increase in awareness of the multiple health risks of foods grown with chemical,more and more people are turning away from food products are grown with fertilizers and other chemicals towards organically grown food.

Organic farming was normally done on small, family-run farms. But since the demand for organically grown food products is now increasing, people are investing in land for organic farming.

Organic farming is friendlier to the environment and is more sustainable compared to newer farming techniques. So, not only can make huge profits from organic farming, but you will also help protect the environment and the planet as a whole.

In India, the main concept of earning was from farming. This is an occupation that has been in demand constantly as without this there could be no survival. Today, the starting up of the organic farming in India requires a little bit of ‘homework’ like any other business! A healthy way of life is very important and organic farming in this respect plays an important role in providing the best. The demand for the organic food has increased in India as the matter of fact. This is due to the reason that the food crops produced through the use of the fertilizers are not regarded to be very healthy.

Apart from domestic demand, this industry brings in huge export prospects. At present agri-business may involve either an input or a product or service and encompasses items such as:

·         Productive resources (feed, seed, fertilizer, equipment, energy, pesticides, machinery, etc.)

·         Agricultural commodities – (raw and processed commodities of food and fiber)

·         Facilitative services (credit, insurance, marketing, storage, processing, transportation, packing, distribution, consultancy, soil testing etc.).

Making money from an agricultural business requires knowledge of farming practices as well as some experience in developing a business.There are lots of things that you could grow on your organic farm. It can range from herbs, flowers, vegetables to food crops. The great demand for this kind of food and even the gourmet ones are making organic farm business popular.

Current domestic organic food sales are estimated at around $200 million annually and growing at a compounded rate of 30 percent to 40 percent each year.Demand for organic food is likely to grow, because consumers are more likely to see organically grown food as a healthy and nutritious option to conventionally grown products. There is a good chance that India’s organic opportunity could scale from $500 million to about $2 billion — approx. $1 billion catering to the domestic market and $1 billion for export markets — by 2020.

Organic agriculture has grown out of the conscious efforts by inspired people to create the best possible relationship between the earth and men. After almost a century of neglect, organic agriculture is now finding place in the mainstream of development and shows great promise commercially, socially and environmentally. Integrated organic farming is a commonly and broadly used word to explain a more integrated approach to farming as compared to existing monoculture approaches. It refers to agricultural systems that integrate livestock and crop production and may sometimes be known as Integrated Bio systems. It denotes a holistic system of farming which optimizes productivity in a sustainable manner through creation of interdependent agri-eco systems where annual crop plants (e.g. wheat), perennial trees (e.g. horticulture) and animals (including fishes where relevant) are integrated on a given field or property .This concept of organic farming is based on following principles: 1. Nature is the best role model for farming, since it does not use any inputs nor demand unreasonable quantities of water.2. The entire system is based on intimate understanding of nature's ways of replenishment. The system does not believe in mining of the soil of its nutrients and do not degrade it in any way. 3. The soil in this system is considered as a living entity 4. The soil's living population of microbes and other organisms are significant contributors to its fertility on a sustained basis and must be protected and nurtured, at all cost. 5. The total environment of the soil, from soil structure to soil cover is more important and must be preserved.

Integrated Organic farming is a method of farming system, which primarily aims at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, so as to keep the soil alive and in good health. It is the use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials, mostly produced insitu- along with beneficial microbes (bio fertilizers) to release nutrients to crops, which connotes the ‘organic’ nature of organic farming. It is also termed as organic agriculture. In the Indian context it is also termed as ‘JavikKrishi’. We have compiled all the relevant information regarding integrated organic farming in this book. This is first book of its kind which contains reliable details related to organic farming, green manuring, biological nitrogen fixation, uses of vermiculture bio-tech, organic fertilizers for flooded rice ecosystem, biological pest management, press mud as plant growth promoters, bio fertilizer for multipurpose tree species, rice- fish integration, response of crops to organic fertilizer and many more.  

The book is very useful for farmers, agriculture, universities, consultants and research scholars.

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