Dehradun: The total organic farming area in Uttarakhand has witnessed a 23% rise during the last three years. Agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal told the House on Thursday that out of the total agriculture area, 8% land was being used for organic farming in 2017 and the figure went up to 21% in 2020.
BJP legislator Dhan Singh Negi had asked the minister about the efforts underway to promote organic farming. In his reply, the minister said that in 2017-18, a total of 585 clusters with 2,92,50 farmers were involved in organic farming on 11,700 hectare land. In 2020-21, organic farming was being done by 4.59 lakh farmers on 2.18 lakh hectare land.
Uniyal said, “Several areas are being developed as organic belts and we have decided to develop Pithoragarh as an organic district.” The minister added that a total of 1.08 lakh famers have been provided with organic certification.