With the continuous increase in the number of organic activities and farmers through various projects in Uttarakhand, a great need was felt to constitute an organization to promote, coordinate, the dispersed organic activities and efforts for Organic Farming in the state. Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board came in to existence on 19 May 2003. The board was registered under the societies registration act, 1860 and is acting as the nodal agency of the state to enhance organic activities in agriculture and allied sectors like Horticulture, Medicinal Aromatic Plants & Herbs and animal husbandry through out the state. On-going programs, many of which are funded externally presently provide the source for human resource for the technical and marketing activities. One of the largest programs in the Board is being funded by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai by the name of Centre for Organic Farming (COF).
Mission & Vision Statement
To Make Uttarakhand the Organic Capital of India.
To Achieve Sustainable Rural Development in the State of Uttarakhand through Organic Farming
The role of the Board in the promotion of Organic Farming in the state is assisted by articles of association which describes the UOCB as a promoting and facilitating organization.
Our Last Three Years Work:
Capacity Building of all stake holders of Organic Farming in the state. The UOCB has trained farmers, extension workers from government line departments, NGO's, special projects in the state for the production, certification as well as marketing. UOCB has organized exposure visits for farmers, middle and senior level officers for seminars, exhibitions and other gatherings in Organic sector. Prime facilitator for back ward as well as Forward Linkage in the state. UOCB develops production plans as per market response and delegates the plan to the different production agencies, they be bio- villages run by the agriculture department or the different partner NGO's. The organic farmers are then assisted to become into Organic Producer groups and then linked with markets. UOCB facilitates the entire exercise. This has become one of the most important tasks where the UOCB has provided the vital 'fill in the blank' service. As UOCB is the prime mandator for the Internal Control System UOCB compiles all data generated by the extension workers as well as the internal inspectors. The compiled data is then used as commodity production projections of the coming season which then facilitates the forward linkage processes. The availability of updated data at a single window helps the marketing cell to plan for the supply chain. UOCB functions as the resource center for the Technical inputs for the organic production which is constantly being updated. Inputs which can be used as per standards, new products, technologies for the production as compiled by the board and then the information are passed on to the different stake holders in the state. Resource generation in the form of finances, human resources and building patronage for the Organic development for the state is also an important activity of the state. Development and Incubation of ideas, products as well as future strategies are also an important activity of the Board which is being carried out in some sectors.
Notable Achievements of UOCB
UOCB has been able to popularize the concept not only within the state but also outside specially to the other mountain states. There is a constant visit list of farmers, officers and NGO for learning the Uttarakhand experience. Within the state a number of voluntary organizations have included the organic farming in their programs. Models where in the production to markets (complete supply chain) under the organic systems have been established at several places. The commodities where substantial progress has taken place is in Basmati, Mandua (finger millets), chillies, other spice, wheat, pulses, traditional rice, perishables like vegetables etc. These models now need to be multiplied and up scaled. Product Development of mandua ( finger millet) as an ingredient in the India Mix, a product for the mid day meal under the ICDS program was done where the use of mandua has been standardized with the World Food Program (WFP) thus creating a market of 1000 metric tons of mandua in the market. Similarly organic products from tribal. Organic Dehraduni Basmati from Dehradun which has dwindled in the past was promoted as an export organic product, together with the basmati regions in US Nager a market potential of 2000 hectares has been created, with a potential for further extension.