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Organic farming potential in NE
Published on 18 Dec. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Third day of the plenary session emphasized on tapping the organic agriculture potential of Northeast India here Friday at North East Agri Expo site.
Giving a presentation on “streamlining the supply chain in organic agriculture”, Suminter India Organics Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai vice president Satya Inchora said organic agriculture was “a way of life, a passion, a mission and a commitment.”
According to a DIPR bulletin, he also emphasized on the importance of supply chain management, supply chain network and supply chain members. Briefing on components of organic supply chain like organic production, organic inventory, distribution logistics and storage, He further stressed on the requirement of organic agri/food supply chains.
He also highlighted potential obstacles like inefficient transportation, small quality handling, poor distribution systems, market instability, language barriers, political turmoil, trade imbalances etc. Centre of logistics excellence, Chennai, director Sujit Verma, in his presentation on “value chain of organic products in India”, said that a large percentage of agricultural produce was wasted for want of adequate storage and preservation before it reached the consumer. He said farmers needed to get market benchmark compensation in the value chain.
Also, briefing on organic supply chain challenges, Verma stressed on seasoned production aggregation centers, transportation, storage, grading, packaging and retailing. E Fresh Portal Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad managing director K. Suri Hari gave a presentation on “Leverging IT for Marketing of Organic Produce-Case Study of E Fresh Portal”.
NE marketing summit day-3 plenary session II
Meanwhile, second plenary session of NE Marketing Summit 2010 on the 3rd Day under the topic ‘Certification in Challenges in Agriculture’, was discussed with Centre of logistics excellence, Chennai, director Sujit Verma as chairman at North East Agri Expo site, Dimapur Friday. Giving a presentation on organic farming in perspective of organic inputs, the Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Ltd, Maharashtra, president Ashish Wele said: “Organic farming is a system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetic inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, feed additives, etc. and to maximum extend feasible rely upon crop, relation crop residues, animal manures, off farm organic waste, mineral grade rock additives and biological system of nutrients mobilization and plant production”.
Wele said it was a holistic production management system, eco-friendly free from contamination and avoids largely excludes chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. He pointed out that organic farming helped in maintaining environment health by reducing the level of pollution keeping agriculture production at a higher level and made it sustainable. Organic farming also reduces the cost of agricultural production and also inputs for soil health, he added. Other resource persons also highlighted the important group certifications –A viable model for mainstreaming small organic growers by various institutions and from ISO.

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