ORGANIC FARMING AND FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production in which discourages the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. It relies on other methodologies that are completely sourced from within the farm like biopesticides, crop rotations, animal manures, off-farm organic waste and biological system of nutrient mobilization and plant protection.
Organic foods are good for health as they are grown under specific conditions that do not involve off-farm inputs. There is a rise in demand of professionals that have the knowledge of organic farming & organic products.
India is an agricultural nation. The International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) has said that about 2.5 million hectares of land in India had been used for organic farming in 2004. Moreover, there are over 15,000 certified organic farms in India. Therefore, India is one of the most important suppliers of organic food for developed nations. The organic movement has definitely begun in India and the important aspects of organic foods are not adequately known by the masses.
Keeping in mind the great untapped potential of the organic foods and the demand for qualified and experienced professionals with greater knowledge and awareness about this promising field, Faculty of Food Safety and Quality, IGMPI has launched the Organic Farming and Food Production Systems Programme.