Itís the organic branding that counts
But not everyone in the state is as lucky as the young farmer, who supplemented his postgraduate degree in commerce with a degree in law.
Agriculture in MP is largely organic by default because most farmers are too poor to buy fertilisers and pesticides, and yet they were unable to market their produce as organic because they did not know that they needed a certificate.
Unlike Sharma who owns about 50-acre land, Roopsinh Rajput is a marginal farmer with a land holding of 10 acres, and lives in nearby Rohna village. But the proximity has not helped him to market his wheat as organic and get attractive returns. ďNobody believes us when we say we donít use chemicals or pesticides and insist on a certificate,Ē rues the 40-year-old matriculate.
Though the MP government has formulated a detailed organic policy, and insists that itís against the use of genetically modified crops or chemicals, its certifying agency failed for a long time to get accreditation from Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Agency, which functions under the Union Ministry
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