National Project on Organic Farming
The National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF) is a central sector scheme launched in 2004 i.e during 10th five year plan by subsuming National Project on Development and use of Biofertilisers under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
- Promote organic farming practices to reduce the burden on Chemical Fertilizers, to ensure effective utilization of farm resources
- Financial and Technical support for setting up of organic input production unit such as Fruits and Vegetable market waste compost, Biofertilizers and biopesticides and Vermiculture hatcheries.
- Human resource development and awareness creation and market development for Quality Control of Organic Inputs.
- Implementation agencies: Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agriculture through National Centre of Organic Farming, (NCOF) Ghaziabad and its six Regional Centers of Organic Farming (RCOF).
- Financial assistance are provided on the recommendations of Screening Committee duly constituted by the Director NCOF,
- Financial assistance for setting up Production and maintenance units are provided as credit linked back ended subsidy through any commercial/scheduled bank through NABARD. In case of Municipalities, District Agricultural Council can directly release the funds.
- Capital Investment Subsidy scheme (CISS) for setting up of organic inputs production for Municipalities, APMCs, Public sector/Private sector companies, fertilizer companies or any individual entrepreneurs.
- Besides four bio-fertilizers viz: Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Azospirillum and PSB and two organic fertilizers: City Waste Compost and Vermi-compost, there are large numbers of organic inputs being produced and promoted.
- Under the scheme a capacity has also been created for processing of 708 tons of agricultural waste per day in to compost, 5606 MT of bio-fertilizers and more than 17000 ton of vermiculture and vermicompost. Since the launch of the scheme, the area under certified organic farming has increased 20 fold from 42000 ha (2003-04) to 865,000 ha (2007-08). The organic food production has increased from 4.09 lakh ton in 2006-07 to 9.02 lakh ton during 2007-08.