Gangtok: Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh has announced the establishment of National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI) at Gangtok, Sikkim. During the 87th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Singh announced the establishment of National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI) at Gangtok, Sikkim. Sikkim has recently been declared as the first organic state in the country.
Sikkim has recently been declared as the first organic State in the country. In view of the above, Singh has given his ministry’s approval to execute the NOFRI. the Union minister informed that the institute will provide research and technological backstopping to the organic production system in the country in general and Northeast’s hilly region in particular.
The institute will undertake basic, strategic and adaptive research on efficient, economically viable and environmentally sustainable organic farming systems for improving productivity, resource use efficiency and quality of produce. Besides, it will impart vocational and advanced training to stakeholders for promotion of organic farming in the country. Required financial resources, manpower and infrastructure facilities will be made available accordingly.
Featured image: Singh inaugurating the Assam Krishi Unnayan Mela & National Seminar on Technological Options for bringing Second Green Revolution in North-East India, 2016, at Guwahati yesterday.