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ORGANIC FARMING POLICY - 2017

Publisher: Government of Karnataka

Organic farming movement was initiated in Karnataka by the innovative farmers of the State and the movement gained momentum during 1990s. The advent of chemical intensive farming and its prevalence in Karnataka during the later part of green revolution resulted in the near stagnant levels of productivity in many crops. The farmers were into debt trap owing to the high cost of farming as these crops demanded more external inputs such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides and water. Cost of cultivation increased drastically thereby, declining the net income. These factors led to increased instances of farmer suicides. Many farmers of Karnataka felt that they are fighting a losing battle with the 'high yield varietyfertilizer-pesticide package' of Green Revolution and realized that Organic Farming is the only alternative at this juncture. They were convinced that the only way is to return to the traditional sustainable way of cultivation without harming the ecosystem. Thus, organic farming, a system with the broad principle of 'live and let live', is recognized as the best sustainable production system, which promises and enhances agro eco-system health, including biological cycles and soil biological activity with higher productivity and profitability.

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