Organic farmers to get export boost
HUBLI: In a major boost to farmers in north Karnataka, organic produce from this region will soon be exported to European markets.
Many farmers here have switched to organic farming method and are selling their produce in local markets through various organizations.
To meet the huge demand of organic products, traders from European countries have approached Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). Buoyed by the new demand, KCCI in Hubli has started collecting data of organic farmers in north Karnataka. According to sources, organic produce export will only start after the completion of data collection.
Speaking to TOI, C N Karikatti, KCCI joint secretary, said: “We have successfully marketed organic products in north Karnataka. Farmers today are easily selling their produce in local markets through various organizations.”
“To meet the growing demand of organic products, traders from European countries have approached us. Citizens in these countries prefer organic products because it is healthy. We have assured them that in the next couple of months, we will start exporting these products,” he added.
“Collection of data includes quality and quantity of organic produce in the region, types of crops grown and details of organic farmers. We also plan to collect the data of farmers from south Karnataka. The process of data collection will be done soon and we will provide a big platform for organic farmers to sell their products in European countries.”
“Traders from Sirsi, Hubli, Gadag and Gulbarga are buying organic crops. I want my crops to reach European market,” says organic farmer R T Patil from Bagalkot district.
“Exporting crops will help us financially and will encourage others to start organic farming,” says Channappa Byali, farmer from Hebasur village. India Times