India is one of the largest organic farming markets in the world. It produces organic produce that is organic and safe for consumption, but many of these farmers still face challenges when it comes to supplying their crops domestically. Challenges include high transportation costs, poor infrastructure, lack of regulation on chemical use by conventional farms near organic farms, and more. Organic farming has been a tremendous success in India so far with over 300 certified organic producers! However, organic produce only accounts for about one percent of the country’s total agricultural output. There is a lot of potential for growth in this sector and we can expect to see even more organic farms popping up all over India as demand continues to grow.
Fresh produce faces a lot of unique challenges when it comes to transportation within India. One major obstacle is the lack of infrastructure – there are a low number of cold storage facilities and processing plants. This coupled with farmers living in the remotest of places makes getting the produce to the end consumer more difficult than it needs to be.
There are several reasons why organic farming has taken off in India.
– organic produce is seen as a way to improve soil health and reverse the trend of declining agricultural productivity
– organic farming is considered more sustainable in the long term, and it helps to preserve traditional knowledge and practices
– organic produce typically sells for a higher price than conventionally-grown produce, so there is an economic incentive for farmers to make the switch to organic farming.
– Despite the challenges, organic farming is growing rapidly in India and we can expect to see even more progress in this sector in the years to come.
If you’re interested in learning more about organic farming in India, check out these resources:
– The Economic Times: “Why organic farming is taking off in India”
– ResearchGate: “Organic agriculture development in India: Issues and challenges”
– Hindustan Times: “The organic way of life gains ground in rural India”
– Sustainable Pulse: “India – Organic Agriculture Country Profile”