One important objective of COF is to carry out field demonstrations for scientific validation of technologies. In the initial phase of the project, the technical team of COF successfully consolidation and documented t6he existing technologies/ techniques for organic farming. Information thus gathers and documented was published in ther form of book titled “Jaivik Krishi Marg Nirdeshika”. The book is now being distributed at every training as a handbook on organic farming. Most of the research papers on organic farming have been documented in the form of book titled “Reference Material” and are available in English; the COF team has translated several in to Hindi, so that the information reaches to the farmers. This information is being published on a regular basis in a monthly periodical on a regular basis in a monthly periodical “Uttara” ( Newsletter published by the UOCB). The other translation work has been published in the form of booklets also.
Most COF technical services have been used for trainings. UOCB has organized trainings for different stakeholders like MTs, Farmers, government officials etc. and the COF team provided technical support at all trainings. Different sections of Organic Farming right from the composting techniques, biopesticide making , package of practices, relevance of organic farming in hill areas to internal control system, certification and marketing of organic produce have been technically dealt by the technical team and information were provided in the making of a training manual.
Technical team of COF has compiled and developed package of practices’ for different mountain crops. Further the team is closely monitoring crops to improve package of packages of practice. The successfully field tested ‘packages of practices’ have been published in the form of booklet and distributed to the farmers.
UOCB has developed a training kit for MTs. The kit comprises of different compositing techniques, making of bio-pesticides and pest control methods.
The kits have been designed in such a way that a Master Trainer could impart training at village level. Beside these a number of posters, pamphlets have been printed for villages and blocks. These posters have been facilitated for distribution at several common places with the help of MTs. The technical team of COF has provided the technical inputs for the publicity material.
Since the inception of the project, the technical team has been providing technical support to various NGOs, and government department of other states of India like Himachal Pardesh, Sikkim, Kerala, Arunachal Pardesh, Andhra Pradesh etc. in the form of project appraisal and technical information related to organic farming. Making of documents like Farm File, farmer’s Diary, internal Check List etc. necessary for the establishment of the Internal control system and certification was technically supported by technical by technical team.
A number of CDs were made on different techniques. These are :
Internal Control System
Different Composting Technologies
TTDC and Uttara
National Seminar on Organic farming in Mountain Areas
Certification is an important tool responsible for resource stewardship through the labeling of consumer products, thereby fostering a trust in consumers regarding the sustainable organic harvest and legal origin of the produce. UOCB is not directly involved in certification , as certification has to be done by external independent agencies that are accerdited by APEDA. However, UOCB has installed Internal Control System (ICS) for facilitation of certification to small landholders. For certification purposes, Government of Uttaranchal has established Uttaranchal State Seed and Organic Production Certification Agency (USS &OPCA). ICS has been developed by UOCB helps USS & OPCA and other certification bodies for direct inspection and for the certification of small landholders who cannot afford to pay the high certification fee. As per the National Organic Guidelines, certification agencies cannot get directly involved in training and documentation through their extension team.
COF supported UOCB for the installation of ICS, the rest of the certification activities are being facilitated by UOCB. The major achievements are as follows:
Organic Farm Certification Through ICS
693.08 hectares land of 1792 farmers in 162 villages in the State under various organic projects was facilitated for organic certification after internal and external inspection in 2003-2004 (From IMO & ECOCERT).
Designing the internal control system of various organic products and its implementation in the State for organic certification by organizing regular internal inspection with the help of the team of internal inspectors recruited under Center for Organic Farming COF. Internal inspection for kharif 2004 has been completed and external inspection is being done.
It is estimated that in 2005-06, certification would be done for 700 hectares focusing mainly the hill areas.
Organic Store Certification
Certification Document Development :
Internal regulation manual has been developed.
Farm files has been developed, printed and distributed to field motivators.
Farmer's diary has been developed, printed and distributed to farmers.
Inspector report format and checklist have been developed.
A systematic and well designed code system has been developed.
Farmers, bio-villages, district and projects have been coded.
Certification of Rabi 2003-04
693.08 hectare land of 1792 farmers in 162 villages in the state under various organic projects was facilitated for organic certification after internal and external inspection (from IMO & ECOCERT). Designing the internal control system of various organic products and its implementation in the state for organic certification by organizing regular internal inspections with the help of the team of internal inspector recruited under center for organic farming (COF).
Certification of Kharif 2004
Internal inspection for kharif 2004 has been completed on an area of 527.77 ha. This year, a number of farmers have been dropped in Naugaon block of Uttarakashi District, where the program on jaivik rajma is being run by HARC. Besides, in chakrata block of Dehradun district, 125 rajma farmers have also been dropped.