By A K Yadav
The author is Former Director, National Centre of Organic Farming, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Govt. of India. firstname.lastname@example.org
During the last two decades, there has been a paradigm shift in global communities towards environmental preservation and quality food. Growing concerns due to depleting resources, and deterioration of soil health and fertility has forced scientists and planners to look for alternatives. Organic agriculture emerges as one such alternative.
Ardent promoters of organic farming consider that present day organic agriculture, which is a mix of traditional wisdom and modern science, can herald the complete development of rural areas, especially in developing countries like India where the large chunk of farmers are small, with minimal resources and limited access to water. As per the International Federation for Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) “Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people; combines tradition, innovation and...