Akola The Maharashtra Government has set up a mission for promoting Organic Agriculture in the state by passing a Government Resolution on 16th October 2018 through the state department of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fishery. The mission has been named Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Organic Farming Mission - Akola. The Mission will help the farmers in production, certification, processing and marketing of farm products such as fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains, which would be free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. The mission is being implemented in the vidharbha region namely six districts Akola, Amravati, Buldhana, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal. The mission has its headquarter (Project Management Unit) at Akola and District Management Units at respective six districts. The mission will focus grass root level activities through selected Service Providers for six districts. A budgetary provision of Rs. 100 cores has been made by the state government for the mission to be implemented in four years period. The aim of the mission is to achieve increased productivity through organic farming and sustainable, low external agriculture input with a reduction in production costs and establish Organic produce marketing chain /linkages which is expected to result in increased household incomes and improved food security with nutrition values. The implementation is being done through 500 Groups of villages of six districts covering appx. 10,000 to 12,500 farming families.
SARG is the larjest project implementation partner implementing this ambitious project in 23 clusters /230 farmer groups serving nearly 5000 farmers in Akola, Buldhana,Amravati and Washim districts of Maharashtra.
SARG is promoting low cost organic farming approach with the Biodynamic Agriculture Systems very well accepted in Maharashtra.