The second edition of the international organic trade fair will be held here from November 10 to 12. The aim is to promote organic farming in the State.
A large number of exhibitors from different parts of country and the world have confirmed their participation which is attracting a large number of foreign and domestic buyers, an official in the Agriculture Department told The Hindu.
The event will be held at Krishna Vihar on Palace Ground.
The event is also supported by Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
The fair would provide a platform for farmers, companies, financial institutions, research organisations and traders to display their products and services.
The India Organic trade fair was held for the first time here in 2005.
The main components of the fair are exhibition, international seminar, food festival, and organic buyer-seller meets among others.
Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Sikkim, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh would set up pavilions, and Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Puducherry, Mizoram, Tea Board, Coffee Board and Spices Board are the main exhibitors, the official said.
The Karnataka Government has already unveiled an Organic Farming Policy and has been offering incentives to those taking to such type of farming. The former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda stayed in villages and encouraged growers to take up organic farming.
The area under organic farming has grown manifold in the country.
From 42,000 hectares under organic certification in 2003-04 it grew to 4.4 million hectares as on March 2010, the official said.
For quality assurance, India has internationally acclaimed certification process in place for various markets. Indian organic exports include cereals, pulses, honey, tea, spices, oil seeds, fruits, vegetables, cotton fibre, cosmetics and body care products.
The Ministry of Agriculture is promoting organic farming in the country under the National Project on Organic Farming, National Horticulture Mission, and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.