State Training Center for Organic Farming

The State Training Center for Organic Farming, Majkhali (Ranikhet), Almora, formerly known as Govt. Soil Conservation & Training Center was established in 1962 and was recently rejuvenated by UOCB.

Location

It is situated 97 km away from the nearest railway station at Kathgodam and 13 km away from Ranikhet, a famous tourist destination.

Campus

The center is spread over 15.6 hectares and boasts of

  • A training hall (capacity- 100 participants)
  • A library
  • A trainee’s hostel (capacity- 40 participants)
  • A mess
  • Field demonstration Units of Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology, and Medicinal and aromatic plants

Offerings

The State Training Center for Organic Farming offers

  • Training on Organic Farming: To Farmers, Extension Officers, Field Workers, Scientists, Agronomists, Horticulturists, Researchers, Service Providers, Inspectors, Marketing Personnel, and Students on various aspects of organic farming.
  • Need-based training programs: For organizations and individuals.
  • Research and Development facilities: For Scientists, Researchers, and Students in the field.

The trainings are supported by the latest findings of research & development and different demonstration units of composting and organic agriculture technologies available at the Center’s premises.

Collaboration with IIFSR

UOCB has collaborated with IIFSR (Indian institute of farming system research), Modipuram (Meerut) on the “Farming System Research with Integrated Farming and Resource Management in Organic Agriculture” project. Its team consists of Scientist identified by Project Director, PDFSR as Co-Principal Investigator and Research Associate (D. S. Negi in Plant Pathology, Dr. Vimla Goswami in Entomology, and Ms. Suman Mahan in Agronomy from UOCB).
At the centre, the action research activities are principally divided into 9 crop cycles and subcomponents of IOFS.

COF Projects

Projects at COF (Centre for Organic Farming) in the years 2003-06, 2005-08, and 2006-09 have been supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust Mumbai. COF project has furnished vital support to UOCB objectives by providing human resources and building the capacity of farmers etc. UOCB has developed the organic package of practices for managing various insects, pests, disease control, and soil fertility management in collaboration with GBPUA & Tech, Pantnagar (U.S. Nagar).
The Centre also has field demonstration Units of Integrated Organic farming System with the component of organic mushrooms, organic apiary, organic poultry, fisheries, and livestock.

Haritima Cottages

The Haritima Bamboo budget cottages at the center are equipped with modern facilities and provide an Astonishing “View Point” of the snow-dressed Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nandaghunty, Nanda Devi, Maiktoli, Nandakot and Panchachuli. The occupants are offered certified organic mouth-watering regional recipes and Herbal medicinal tea.

Weather

The average temperature ranges from 17 to 33 degree Celsius in summer with a pleasant environment, whereas in winter, occasional snowfall lowers the temperature to below 0-degree Celsius.

Cottage Tariff

Time External Guest/ cottage (Excluding
service tax and luxury tax)
Office Staff & Govt. personnel Guest/cottage
(Excluding service tax and luxury tax)
Summer
(April to October)
Rs. 2700 Rs. 1740
Winter
(November to March)
Rs. 500 Rs. 250

How to Reach: Route Map

Contact details:

  • Centre Incharge/Training coordinator/
    State Training and Research Center for Organic Farming (STRCOF), Majkhali, Ranikhet,Almora, Uttarakhand.
  • Phone No: 05966-240393
  • E mail: stcofuttarakhand@gmail.com