Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala on Wednesday said that the Northeast can supply India’s total organic food needs as the region has a huge potential.

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“I urge all the farmers to move towards organic mode of food production as global demand for organic food is increasing due to health consciousness among people,” the Union minister said addressing a day-long workshop on soil health at Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), in Umiam, Meghalaya.

“India can fulfil the global demand of organic foods and the Northeast region specially can supply India’s total organic food demand as it has the potential,” Rupala said.

Stating that soil health cards help farmers to reduce production cost on agricultural produce and increases the income of the farmers, the Union minister said that the card will fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of doubling the income of farmers by 2022.

Rupala assured the farming communities of resolving their issues related to organic certification and soil health card for Jhum cultivators.

The day-long workshop was organised by Indian Council for Agricultural Research- Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Umiam, Meghalaya on the occasion of Soil Health Day where Meghalaya government officials and representatives of seven Northeast states and farmers participated.

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