Constraints Faced by Farmers in Adoption of Organic Farming

Satyajeet V.P.S. Yadav, S.P. Yadav and U.K. Sharma


The principles of organic agriculture are guides to tailor organic practices to each individual farming location as organic farming systems fall into similar categories as those of conventional agriculture i.e. mixed, livestock, stockless and horticulture. Farmers’ apprehension towards organic farming in India is rooted in non-availability of sufficient organic supplements, bio fertilizers and local market for organic produce and poor access to guidelines, certification and input costs. Capital-driven regulation by contracting firms further discourages small farm holders. An integrated effort is needed from government and nongovernment agencies to encourage farmers to adopt organic farming as a solution to climate change, health and sustainability issue. The study was conducted to find out the major constraints in adoption of organic farming. The study was based on the inferences of 120 sampled participants collected during training programme on organic farming. Based on the mean values, the constraints were ranked and it was observed that ‘unorganized organic market for organic growers’ was ranked first with the mean score of 2.69 out of maximum possible score of 3. The last constraint for not practicing organic farming was ‘organic registration process is costly and complicated’ with the mean score of 1.61.

Keyword: Organic farming; Constraints; Future strategies;

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