Farmers Organization for organic Agriculture in Rural Development (FOARD)

The Farmers’ Organization for Organic Agriculture Rural Development project focuses to ensured food security for families, enhanced socio - economic status, local self governance and preserved environment biodervisty leading to improve living standard through empowering civil society. It also prioritize Management at SHG/OFGs, RC level, Handholding support to Grassroot Syndicate Producer Company Limited, Organization management, Action Plan, Leadership, Networking and Lobbying etc, Marketing and Organic Certification.
The project conducted 4 activities with a total of 39 in the six targeted district of Manipur viz: Churachandpur, Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong, Imphal East/West and Ukhrul District. The following activities were conducted in the third quarter (July to September) 2016.

  • Training on the importance and process of organic certification to the OFG/SHG including Village Authority (VA)
  • Intensive capacity building for  Resource Centre (RC) according to the needs of the RC
  • Convergence meeting at district level
  • Training on vermi compost making

 The rural organizations such as Self Help Groups (SHFs), Organic Farmers’ Group (OFGs), Resource Centres and the newly formed Grassroot Syndicate Producers Company have taken keen interest in strengthening their own organization. To attain sustainability the project organized intensive trainings to the leaders of RCs on group management, leadership and various topics on marketing management. The project also identified 29 SHG/OFGs that are able to function on their own viz:  5 SHGs/OFGs in Tamenglong, 6 in senapati, 5 in Churachandpur, 4 in Ukhrul, 5 in Chandel and 4 in Imphal.
DSSS have promoted 485 farmers to empower for economical and sustainable management and 5815 farmers have enhanced their economy and improve their living standard.
The land holding varies from small kitchen garden to 5 acres of land for their farming activities. The economic activities are varied in nature such as turmeric, ginger, banana, seasonal vegetables, pineapple, passion fruit cultivation, piggery, duckery, goat rearing and detergent making etc. the farmers are involve in various activities; some of them are stated below:

  • 3113 household are engaged in agriculture
  • 2328 families are practicing organic farming
  • 768 household in livestock
  • 175 members of entrepreneurs
  • 688 members engaged  in Income  Generation Activities
  • 785 have permanent organic farms
  • 628 families have average monthly income of Rs. 3230/-
  • 1351 families have direct linked to market
  • 335 families were supported by project in marketing their produces
  • 675 families were  involve in off-farm

Milestone of 3rd quarter (July to September 2016:

  • Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region by the Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Government of Manipur selected  the project as Service Provider
  • Under this programme Mission Organic Manipur Agency (MOMA)  the project  received  Orange, Turmeric and King chilli sampling worth Rs. 14,57,675
  • ICAR, Lamphelpat, Imphal assist the project with a grant of Rs 2, 50,000 lakhs (two lakhs fifty thousand only) for tribal farmers to purchased processing machineries.
  • A project worth Rs. 20,86,000 was  sanction to Grassroot Syndicate Producer Company Private Limited by the department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation
  • Grassroot Syndicate Producer Company Limited with a brand “Country Farm” and Organic Spices Processing Unit was inaugurated by Dr. N. Prakash, Jt. Director, ICAR for NEH region, Lamphelpat Imphal

Networking with Govt. Department:

  • NABARD
  • Department of Horticulture and Soil conservation
  • Department of Agriculture
  • ICAR, KVK
  • MOBC
  • DRDA
  • MIDC
  • NGOs
  • Banks: SBI, UBI, MRB etc

Organic certification

Organic certification is one important aspect of organic certification in FOARD (Farmers Organization for Organic Agriculture in Rural Development) project. Diocesan Social Service Society, Imphal promote organic agriculture in the five hill districts to conserve our rich natural resource and produce healthy food. It helps in maintaining environment health by reducing the level of pollution. It reduces human and animal health hazards by reducing the level of residue in the product.

Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants.

Requirements vary from country to country (List of countries with organic agriculture regulation), and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:

  • avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizerpesticidesantibioticsfood additives), irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;[1]
  • avoidance of genetically modified seed;
  • use of farmland that has been free from prohibited chemical inputs for a number of years (often, three or more);
  • for livestock, adhering to specific requirements for feed, housing, and breeding;
  • keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
  • Maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products; periodic on-site inspections.

In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.

Organic certification addresses a growing worldwide demand for organic food. It is intended to assure quality and prevent fraud, and to promote commerce. While such certification was not necessary in the early days of the organic movement, when small farmers would sell their produce directly at farmers' markets, as organics have grown in popularity, more and more consumers are purchasing organic food through traditional channels, such as supermarkets.

Diocesan Social Service Society attained organic certification in the year 2008 by OneCert Asia Agri Certification Pvt. Ltd. As a result of vast GPS farm mapping in the scattered area farm the renewal of certificate was pending.
However, the organization newly registered to OneCert Asia Agri Certification Pvt. Ltd, on 16th April 2014.  Three hundred and ninety nine farmers (399) and three hundred and two point nine hundred (302.900) hectare had been certified as organic farmers and farm on 4th April 2016. They were granted NPOP certificate No. ORG/SC/1405/000893 and this will valid until 15th April 2017.

The main crops which are certified under NPOP are Turmeric 175.6 hactare and estimated yield 1668MT, in Chandel, churachandpur, Tamenglong  Senapati and Ukhrul District. Banana 76.2hactare and estimated yield 1476.8MT, in Chandel, churachandpur, Tamenglong  Senapati and Ukhrul District. Passion fruit  1.4 hactare and estimated yield 13MT only in Ukhrul District. Ginger 35.2hactare and estimated yield is 470MT, in Churachandpur and Ukhrul District. Litchi 2.4 hactare and estimated yield 15MT, only in Tamenglong District. Orange 3.2 hactare and estimated yield 28MT, only in Tamenglong district. Pineapple 6.8hactare and estimated yield 86MT, only in churachandpur District. And Fallow is 2.1 Hactare in Tamenglong and Senapati District.

The following crops  are requested for certification Current  year: Kharif 2015-16

S. No.

List of crops’ name as you want them  to appear on your certificate.)

Type of crop
(Main Crop (M)/ Inter crop (IC))

Location/Field Numbers

 Areas (Hectare)

 

Estimated Yield (MT)

 

1

Turmeric

M

Chandel, Churachanpur, Tamenglong, Senapati & Ukhrul

175.6

-

2

Banana

M

-do-

76.2

866.8

3

Passion fruit

M

Ukhrul

1.4

13

4

Ginger

M

Churachanpur & Ukhrul

35.2

-

5

Litchi

M

Tamenglong

2.4

15

6

Orange

M

Tamenglong

3.2

28

7

Pineapple

M

Churachandpur

6.8

86

8

Fallow

 

-

Tamenglong & Senapati

2.1

 

The following crops are requested for certification Current year: Rabi 2015-16

S. No.

List of crops’ name as you want them  to appear on your certificate.)

Type of crop
(Main Crop (M)/ Inter crop (IC))

Location/Field Numbers

 Areas (Hectare)

 

Estimated Yield (MT)

 

1

Turmeric

M

Chandel, Churachanpur, Tamenglong, Senapati & Ukhrul

175.6

1668

2

Banana

M

-do-

76.2

610

3

Passion fruit

M

Ukhrul

1.4

-

4

Ginger

M

Churachanpur & Ukhrul

35.2

470

5

Litchi

M

Tamenglong

2.4

-

6

Orange

M

Tamenglong

3.2

-

7

Pineapple

M

Churachandpur

6.8

-

8

Fallow

 

-

Tamenglong & Senapati

2.1