The Prime Minister, while addressing the annual ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, emphasized that the North-East was being developed as the hub of organic farming. It was part of the government's mission to support organic farming in the country under the traditional agricultural development plan.
"The truth is that we are one of the oldest organic farming countries in the world. Today, the country has done organic farming on more than 2.2 million hectares," he said.
He further said that while India was ahead in organic farming, it was behind in terms of value addition. However, he voiced the hope that the issues would be addressed by an e-marketing portal.
"E-Marketing Portal will play a big role in delivering biological or organic products from farm to market and from consumer to consumer door. Information about products, its market, and supply chain information will now be available to farmers and consumers easily," he added.
He termed Krishi Vigyan Kendras (agricultural science centres) as the “new lighthouse of modern agriculture in India,” and said that the most important work of these centres "is delivering new information and technology to farmers”. There were 25 new Krishi Vigyan Kendras (agricultural science centres) being opened in the country, bringing the total to 700.