The Punjab government on Tuesday bagged the ‘Jaivik India Award’ for promotion and implementation of organic farming
Punjab Agro managing director Sibin C received the award from Union minister for commerce and industries Suresh Prabhu at a function in New Delhi. The International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) had organized the event with support from the Karnataka government.
Punjab was chosen under the category of ‘Jaivik India Award’ of best state government in recognition for its efforts to implement programmes for promoting organic farming and supporting organic farmers.
A state government official said Punjab, through Punjab Agri Export Corporation (PAGREXCO), was implementing such programmes by providing institutional support to farmers under various central government schemes.
The spokesperson said Punjab Agro was helping farmers market their products by purchasing organic wheat, basmati rice, maize, and other crops at remunerative prices after certification for selling the same in India and abroad.
Punjab has successfully brought 8,000 acres with 2,100 farmers under certified organic production, he added.
Punjab Agro has now started processing certified organic produce of farmers in certified organic processing units and come out with products under the brand name ‘Five Rivers’. Also, for the promotion and marketing of such products, ‘organic huts’ are being set up in all districts of the state, he added.