Organic farming is a process of production of crop and livestock without involving the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic farming system is a holistic approach system designed to optimize the productivity and strength of an agro-ecosystem, focusing on the soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principal goal of organic production is to develop endeavours which are sustainable and compatible with the environment.
The objective of the mission was to adopt and implement the practises of organic farming with a systemic approach, develop linkage between the farmers and the market with intervention of certification agencies, and most of all, march towards a sustainable living.
Organic farming emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for the future. Local agriculture assures a food system that is safe, affordable and accessible by providing vegetables and herbs at their peak of flavor and nutritional value.
Organic agriculture will prosper in India and will contribute in feeding 1.5 billion people by 2030. According to statistics by Assocham and TechSci, the organic farming market in India will reach around $1.36 billion by 2020 with a growth rate of 25-30% per year.