Organic Farming is Gaining Ground in India
Organic agriculture has a history of being contentious and is considered by some as an inefficient approach to food production. Yet organic foods and beverages are a rapidly growing market segment in the global food industry. Here, we examine the performance of organic farming in light of four key sustainability metrics: productivity, environmental impact, economic viability and social wellbeing. However, they are more profitable and environmentally friendly, and deliver equally or more nutritious foods that contain less (or no) pesticide residues, compared with conventional farming. Moreover, initial evidence indicates that organic agricultural systems deliver greater ecosystem services and social benefits. There are several biological control agents and plant protection products available in market now-a-days that are being developed by different bio-based companies in India and abroad. International Panaacea Limited (IPL) is such a biological product company and has developed a range of microbial products which fulfills both nutritional requirements as well as integrated pest management (IPM). Along with controlling the devastating plant diseases this conventional mode of organic farming also involved in successful insect pest management and nematode control which are also responsible for major loss in crop production. With full support of Indian Government some states like Sikkim has already have become chemical free zone by implementing organic farming. Further some more states are also following the suits using safe agricultural products.