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A comprehensive report on Organic Farming in the NE Region of India

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  • 1. Indian Chamber of Commerce Seminar on 13 March 2012 Guwahati, AssamEVENT REPORT Organised by : Indian Chamber of Commerce North East Initiative nd House No. 209, 2 Floor, Near AIDC R G Baruah Road, Guwahati – 781024Ph: +91 361 2464767, Fax: +91 361 2461763
  • 2. Highlights of Seminar on Organic Production March 13, 2012, Guwahati, AssamOrganic farming has emerged as a major thrust area in agriculture over the past few yearsthroughout the globe. Northeast India, with its tremendous collection of biotic resources, has tillnow not been able to realize the importance and the benefits of organic farming to its fullpotential. In view of the growing demand in the market for organic foods, there have beeninitiatives from various sectors including the central and state governments to popularizeorganic farming.Indian Chamber of Commerce organized a one day SEMINAR ON ORGANICPRODUCTION in Guwahati on 13 March 2012 in association with APEDA, NationalHorticulture Board (NHB) and NABARD.The seminar created a platform for discussion among representatives of State and Uniongovernments, consumer organizations, NGOs, industry representatives, experts, policy makersetc to device a way forward for organic farming to move up on a higher growth trajectory.The Seminar started with Inaugural Addresses by eminent experts in the Organic Sector : Dr.PVSM Gauri, Advisor, National Programme for Organic Production, APEDA, New Delhi; Dr.K M Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University; Mr. L. Baite, IFS, ManagingDirector, NERCORMP, Mr. Timothy Hanse Das, Director – Horticulture, Govt of Assam.Other speakers in the Seminar included Mr. Kuntal Saha, SGS Organic; Mr. Dilip Dhaker,Managing Director, Biocert India Pvt Limited; Dr. Bangshidhar Kalita, Government of Assam,Dr. Sarat Saikia, Chief Scientist, Horticulture Research Station, Mr. S K Singh, AssistantDirector, NHB; Mr. B K Baruah Regional Head, APEDA; Ms. Akali Sema, Director, CentralInstitute of Horticulture-Nagaland; Mr. Sheikh Ali Hussain; Director, Academy for SustainableIntegrated Living, Andhra Pradesh, Mr. S S Adkar, Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Limited, Dr. Akali Sema,Director, Central Institute of Horticulture.The seminar thus created a platform for discussion among representatives of State and UnionRECOMMENDATIONS of the Seminar : 1. Formation of a State Level Committee for submitting recommendations to Governments of North East States for formulating a Organic Policy in the NE States. 2. A “Organic Entrepreneur Meet” involving all stakeholders & entrepreneurs/unemployed youths of the Region. 3. Implementation of participatory guarantee system for Organic certification of products for local markets.About 170 participants attended the Seminar mostly from Government Departments, Farmers,Certification bodies, entrepreneurs and private enterprises.
  • 3. Program at a Glance 9.30 hrs – 10.00 hrs Registration Inaugural session (10.00 hrs – 11.30 hrs) 10.00 hrs – 10.05 hrs Welcome Address Mr. Ishantor Sabhapandit Regional Director – North East Initiative, Indian Chamber of Commerce 10.05 hrs – 10.25 hrs Address by Dr. K M Bujarbaruah Vice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University 10.25 hrs – 10.45 hrs Keynote Address by Dr. PVSM Gauri Adviser, National Accreditation Body, National Programme for Organic Production, APEDA, New Delhi 10.45hrs – 11.05 hrs Address by Mr. L. Baite, IFS Managing Director, NERCORMP 11.05hrs – 11.25hrs Address by Mr. Timothy Hanse Das Director, Department of Horticulture, Government of Assam 11.25hrs - 11.30hrs Vote of Thanks Organic Tea Break (11.30 hrs – 11.45hrs) Organic Production – Means & Ways (11.45 hrs – 13.15hrs) 11.45 hrs – 12.00 hrs Session Chairman : Mr. Bidyut Kumar Baruah, Regional Head, APEDA 12.00 hrs – 12.15 hrs CIH initiatives in Organic Farming in NER Dr. Akali Sema, Director, Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland 12.15 hrs – 12.30 hrs Organic Certification procedures Mr. Dilip Dhaker Managing Director, Biocert India Pvt Limited 12.30 hrs – 12.45 hrs Experience in organic farming under group certification Dr. Bangshidhar Kalita SDAO (CC&TC), Mangaldoi Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam 12.45hrs – 13.00 hrs Assam Organic – The way forward Dr. Sarat Saikia Chief Scientist, Horticulture Research Station, Kahikuchi 13.00hrs – 13.15hrs Presentation on schemes of NHB Mr. S K Singh, Assistant Director, National Horticulture Board Organic Lunch Break (13.15hrs - 14.00 hrs) 14.00hrs – 14.15hrs APEDA Schemes for benefit of Organic Sector in North East Mr. Bidyut Kumar Baruah, Regional Head, APEDA 14.15hrs – 14.30 hrs Mr. Sheikh Ali Hussain Director Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living (ASIL), Andhra Pradesh 14.30hrs – 14.45hrs Certification procedures by Mr. Kuntal Shah SGS India 14.45hrs – 15.00 hrs Organic Inputs Dr. S S Adkar, Senior Manager – Biotech, Nirmal Seeds Pvt Limited15.00 hrs Program Concluded
  • 4. Inaugural SessionInaugural SessionTechnical Session in progress
  • 5. Outcomes of the Deliberations and Discussions in theConferenceThe Summit acted as catalyst to initiate and decimate knowledge and industry orientedtopics with key industry trends and blazing issues been addressed in the interest of OrganicFarming and as a marketplace for the new products and techniques to be showcased to thissector. Inaugural SessionDr. K M BujarbaruahVice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture UniversityThe agro climatic condition of the Northeast is favourable for organic farming and thecultivators and players of the region must be given proper and adequate training forproducing organic products and organize market which is already existent said Dr. K MBujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University. He further added that theNortheastern states can grow few particular crops as major producers like Assam- joharice , Nagaland- Spices, Turmeric, Zinger etc. He also stressed on the need ofchannelized flow of information about government scheme and other aspects of organicfarming through farmers organization or agencies like the Indian Chamber ofCommerce.Dr. Bujarbaruah said that a balance has to be made between export and consumptionof organic products, for which we have to produce excess. The inputs and all otherrequirements have to be in place. Besides, we need to see how best the prices ofdomestically consumed organic products are liberalized so that the common man is notdeprived of his due.Dr. PVSM GauriAdviser, National Accreditation Body, National Programme for OrganicProduction, APEDA, New DelhiDr. Gouri informed that modern form of Organic agricultural methods are regulatedunder NPOP and legally enforced for export under FTDR Act since 2001. On avoluntary basis, NPOP for the domestic market has been implemented since 2009 byMoA under the AGMARCT ACT. It is expected to become mandatory soon.Dr. Gouri informed that the Government is pursuing ambitious plans and goals tocontinue expanding organic agriculture in a big way. The government have been able tobring about one million hectare area under organic cultivation in last one decade ofimplementation of NPOP. India is aiming to develop 5 million Ha farmland into certifiedorganic farmland by 2015.
  • 6. Other than Central government, as many as 12 States have defined their organicpolicies and 4 of them, namely Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram havealso declared their states to go 100% organic in due course of time.The Central Government is supporting value chain production and infrastructure forprocessing organic products. There are two central government schemes under theMinistry of Agriculture, National Horticulture Mission and Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.Under these schemes organic farming promotion is supported through the StateGovernments. Some state governments namely Bihar (Rs. 225 crores), Karnataka (100crores) and Sikkim have specific budget for organic farming. Ministry of Commerce alsoextends financial support to organic products development and exports.The major developments since the implementation of NPOP are : • Overcome the economical difficulties by the farmers and to ensure compliance of their production to the NPOP standards, group certification was introduced under NPOP in 2005 • Capacity building of different organic stakeholders • Introduction of organic farming as a course at the under graduate level at IGNOI and • Development of web based traceability system software for organic products since June, 2010.Mr. L. Baite, IFSManaging Director, NERCORMPThe North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP)has, after many hiccups successfully carved out a niche for itself as a facilitating agencyto improve the livelihoods of vulnerable groups in a sustainable manner. Throughimproved management of the resource base of villagers the project helps in preservingand restoring the environment. NERCORMP is a joint project of North Eastern Council(NEC), Union Ministry of DoNER and International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD).The first phase of the project started in 1999 and concluded in September 2010. Itcovered two districts each in Meghalaya, Assam and Manipur. The project is now intoits 2nd phase and will be completed in 2016. The present project is covering the samesix districts in the three states.NERCORMP is involved in capacity building of communities and participating agencies,in generating livelihood activities by focusing on organic agriculture, sustainable shiftingcultivation, livestock and fisheries, forestry, NTFP, medicinal and aromatic plants.Presently 400 new villages and 860 old villages with 20, 000 new households and39,161 old households are covered. In its 3rd phase NERCORMP proposes toundertake projects in Arunachal Pradesh (Tirap and Changlang) and Manipur(Churachandpur and Chandel) which will cover 1177 villages and 58,850 households.
  • 7. NERCORMP implements all its projects through Village Level Institutions (VLIs) whichtake on board the interest of farmers. The farmers are provided with ginger plantation,bee-keeping, entrepreneurship activities, training etc.Mr. Timothy Hanse DasDirector, Department of Horticulture, Government of AssamMr. Das stated that the State Agriculture Department is working on an ambitious projectto spread organic farming with support from the Government of India.Meanwhile, a programme to prepare the farmers of Golaghat district for organiccertification is also on, while the State Government is undertaking 785 demonstrationprogrammes on its own, to spread the knowledge and technology of organic farming ofsali paddy among the farmers.Another positive development taking place in this respect is that construction of thePanjabari Organic Super Market of the Agriculture Department is nearing completion. Itis expected that this super market for organic agricultural items is expected to come upwithin the current financial year.He also informed that the Government of Assam (GoA) is submitting its proposal for theorganic farming project to the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation. TheGovernment of India is expected to extend, during the current financial year, a financialsupport worth Rs 1 crore to the State for the purpose.By this time, the GoA is undertaking demonstration programmes, on its own, spendingthe amount of Rs 46 lakh it had already provided for in its 2009-’10 budget.Implementation of these demonstration programmes started in 2010-11. Thedemonstration programmes for organic farming of sali paddy are running in differentdistricts of the State. Each demonstration will cover two bighas of crop land.The above amount of Rs 46 lakh is also meant for a 100-hectare (750 bighas of land)organic certification programme of vegetables and mustard seeds in Golaghat district.This organic certification programme is running for the second year now. The first yearof the programme was spent on selection and training up the farmers and identificationas well as categorization of their crop land.Now these farmers are readied with the organic technology for cultivation of vegetablesand mustard crop in the coming Rabi season. The vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage,knolkhol, broccoli and brinjal will be grown in this season, besides mustard seeds. Thiswill be followed by cultivation of the Kharif vegetable crops like ridge gourd, cowpea,ladies finger etc.
  • 8. Technical Session I : Organic Production – Means & WaysMr. Bidyut Kumar Baruah, Regional Head, APEDAMr. Baruah stated that since the modern agricultural practices have not invaded theNorth Eastern Region(NER), APEDA has set up four model organic farms in the NERfor Joha Rice, Sugarcane, passion Fruit and Pineapple. Techno Economic FeasibilityStudies were prepared for setting up the model organic farms and as per therecommendations of the study financial sanctions were obtained from the MoC forsupporting the model organic farms in the NER. With the assistance of technicalConsultant BCIL, separate packages of practice have been prepared forimplementation.Mr. Baruah highlighted the forces driving Organic growth as greater availability,improved taste and quality, growing organic market, competitive price and governmentinitiatives.Financial Assistance Schemes of APEDA include : Market Development Infrastructure Development Quality Development Research and Development Transport AssistanceScale of Assistance(A) Activity for development of packaging standards and design. cost sharing with exporters and / or organizations involved in the export promotion.Maximum amount in case of sharing with exporters / organization is Rs.5 lakhs or 50%ii) Assistance to exporters for use of packaging material as per standards andspecifications developed or adopted by APEDA. 30% subject to ceiling of Rs.1.50 lakhs per beneficiary.B)i) Development and dissemination of market information data base on products,infrastructure, markets and pre-feasibility surveys / study etc. 100% to be implemented by APEDA ii) Assistance to exporters, growers organizations, trade associations for conducting surveys, feasibility studies etc. 50% of the total cost subject to ceiling of Rs.2.00 lakhs per beneficiary. iii) Assistance to Semi Government, State Government, Public Sector Undertakings for Conducting surveys, feasibility studies etc. 50% of the project cost subject to ceiling of Rs.10 lakhs per beneficiary.Conducting surveys, feasibility studies etc.100% of the cost
  • 9. c)i) Supply of material samples, product literature, development of web siteadvertisement etc, for publicity and market promotion for fairs / events organised/ sponsored by APEDA. 100% of the cost ii) Publicity & promotion through preparation of product literature, Publicity material, advertisement, film etc by APEDA. 100% of the cost. iii) Brand publicity through advertisement etc. 40% of the cost subject to a ceiling of Rs. 1 lakh per beneficiary. iv) Export promotion by APEDA undertaking activities like buyer-seller meet product promotion, exchange of delegations, participation in Exhibitions / Fairs / events etc. 100% of the cost.CIH Initiatives for Organic Farming in NERDr. Akali Sema, Director, Central Institute of Horticulture, NagalandDr. Sema stated that the Northeast region has rich resources for going Organic : • LAND RESOURCE • Forest ( 171.08 ) /Agrii. Land (39.08) /Jhum land/ (16.72 )/ mid hill/ ( 14.2) • Cult. Wasteland (14.28), Fallow land (16.90) , • Degraded land- (> 90 ) • GERMPLASM • 8 mega biodiversity hot spot • Gene center for many crops (rice, citrus, banana, cucumis, brinjal, tea , orchids, MAP ,etc) • OTHERS • Varied agro- eco ( Alpine to Mild tropical plain zone) • Soil rich in O.M. organic inputs ( Crop residue/ , Livestock / Poultry ) • WATER RESOURCE • Abundant R.F (2000mm) • Precipitation (12.1% ), • Rivers - 20,050 km, • Water bodies - 2.08 lakh haNortheast has huge potential for Organic farming : • Low fertilizer & pesticides use • Vast traditional & indigenous knowledge system • Vast biomass resources- organic inputs • numerous wild foods • Small land holding pattern • Village leadership pattern • well distributed RF & low production, • Varied agro-ecological zones • Proximity to other countries • Vast area under shifting cultivation (16.72 L ha) • mid hill (14.2 Lha), underdeveloped area
  • 10. Area under organic certification process and number of farmers registered (2009- 2010).S.N States Organic In-conversion Total No. of farmers No. of T (ha) (ha) (organic) farmers (in- o conversion) t a l1 Arunachal Pradesh 523.17 1374.33 1897.5 116 590 7062 Assam 1598.18 3510.74 5108.92 479 2768 32473 Manipur 1247.16 1924.15 3171.31 2066 2901 49674 Mizoram 18002.27 9857.55 27859.82 14177 13878 280555 Meghalaya 1366.01 1677.1 3043.11 823 2685 35086 Nagaland 3091.3 6554.39 9645.69 3459 15639 190987 Sikkim 2872.73 4521.49 7394.22 3130 4697 78278 Tripura 203.56 77.5 281.06 1 295 296 Total 28904.38 29497.25 58401.63 24251 43453 67704 Dr. Sema informed that CIH has been working on initiatives for promotion of Organic farming such as 1. Training & Capacity building program For State Govt. Officials/field extension functionaries & Farmers of NER states 2. Awareness /W’shop /Meetings 3. Establishment of organic model farms: Organic model farms have been established at CIH, Medziphema, Nagaland and at Umsning, Meghalaya in collaboration with state Horticulture Dept. & NGOs 4. Organic Demonstration at farmers field Turmeric - Ruzaphema village ,Dimapur , Nagaland Pineapple – Molvom village ,Dimapur,Nagaland 5. Adoption of village as model organic village: Adoption of Molvom village under Dimapur district as model organic village - in process. 6. Market linkage initiatives through participation in buyer/se;;er meets, exposure trips for growers, participation in exhibitions and tradefairs.
  • 11. Improve performance by Organic Certification : Mr. Dilip Dhaker, ManagingDirector, Biocert India Pvt LimitedMr. Dhaker highlighted the services offered by his company in organic certification. Thecompany is accreditated nationally by National Accreditation Board and internationallyaccreditated by IOAS-USA as per IFOAM. Mr. Dhaker explained the services of thecompany through training, inspection and certification of organic products.Experience in Organic Farming under group certification and expertsDr. Bangshidhar Kalita, SDAO (CC&TC), Mangaldoi, Department of Agriculture,Government of AssamDr. Kalita took up the Case of Group Certification of Organic Farming of Aromatic Joha Rice(Kankuni variety) in a area of 81 hectares which started during the year 2004-05.A setback in the project came when Government of India imposed ban on export of non-Basmaoti Rice during 2008.Subsequent to that Government of India’s funds gotexhausted after 2009. The Project could not raise a common fund among the farmersthough local entrepreneur like GNRC came forward for purchase of Organic Joha Rice.The state government also approached NABARD for certification agency’s charge butwas denied the same.Analysis of the experience helped in evaluating the Strengths and weaknesses of theproject as below :Strength : (I) Less / no use of chemicals in the selected sites led to receipt of full organic certificate within 24 months. (II) Farmers found truthful and honest in their activities.(III) Less certification charge per farmer in comparison to individual farming.Weakness : Difficult to organize and convince the farmers. At initial stage, so many efforts are required to maintain a proper size Buffer Zone. Though farmers found truthful and honest, they were reluctant to maintain farm diary regularly. Every possibility of doing wrong by the fellow farmers at any stage of the Organic chain which may return the whole consignment from export market.The opportunity thus lies in the following areas : Employment generation. Development of export as well as domestic organic markets. Higher income from farm produce due to premium price and low cost of production. Assam including NE region is a hot bed for Bio-diversity which offers good opportunity for organic farming.
  • 12. The opportunities comes with Challenges as To maintain quality of the produce. Difficult to maintain organic norms equally among all the farmers of the clusters. Difficult to raise a common fund for certification agency’s charge among the clusters of farmers after expiry of Govt. fund. Difficult to maintain a web based traceability system in group certification.Dr. Kalita came up with the following suggestions for development : Group certification programme should be run in PPP mode for its required durability. Organic growers society is to be formed among the organic farmers for its self dependence after expiry of Govt. fund. Crops are to be raised for export as well as for domestic markets. The four principles of Organic Farming ( Principles of Health, Ecology, Fairness & Care) are to be conceived well by farmers and service providers to maintain the integrity of organic farming.Organic in Assam – the Way ForwardDr. Sarat SaikiaChief Scientist, Horticulture Research Station, Assam Agriculture University, KahikuchiDr. Saikia informed that in India, area under organic cultivation is 780000 ha, Share oftotal agricultural land is 0.43%, number of organic producers is 400551 (Highest in theWorld) and has sales of 93 million euros (2008).Dr. Saikia stated that technology options for organic farming are not as wide as that forconventional agriculture. The package of practices for organic crop production havebeen developed with the use of the permitted physical and biological inputs, and culturalpractices for nutrient, insect-pest and disease management. Traditional practices andITKs have formed a significant part of the technology for production of organic crops.Assessment and validation studies under SAU, ICAR and private sector R&Dorganizations have suggested effective modules for field applications. As of today, PoPfor organic crops are available for selected cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables,spices etc. in the country. AAU has also assessed, experimented and demonstratedtechnologies for nutrient management and pest control for supporting productionsystems of organic rice, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, chilli including Bhutjalakia,mandarin orange, pineapple, frenchbean, tomato, cabbage, carrot and okra.Priority crops for Assam includes Cereals ( Joha Rice), Fruits (Mandarin Orange,Pineapple); Spices (Ginger, Turmeric, Chilli/Bhutjolokia, Blackpepper) andVegetables(Tomato, Cabbage, Carrot, French bean and Okra).Dr. Saikia suggested formation of Assam Organic Consortium with the followingstakeholders : • Farmer (Grower Society) • Promotion (State Horticulture/Agriculture departments, NERCORMP)
  • 13. • Certification Bodies • Service provisioning (like ICCOA) • Capacity Building ( KVKs/NGOs) • Trade Promotion (ICC) • Exports (APEDA) • Marketing (NERAMAC, NAFED, business houses) • Quality control of inputs • Input provisioning • Assistance (NHB, NABARD, Spices board etc) • Technology (AAU, ICAR etc) Technical Session II : Organic Production – Means & WaysProgrammes of National Horticulture Board for the Promotion of CommercialHorticultureMr. S K Singh, Assistant Director, National Horticulture BoardMr. Singh described the broad aims & objectives of schemes of NHB :-i) Development of hi-tech commercial horticulture in identified belts and make suchareas vibrant with horticultural activity, which in turn will act as hubs for development ofhorticultureii) Development of modern post-harvest management infrastructure as an integral partof area expansion projects or as common facility for cluster of projectsiii) Development of integrated, energy efficient cold chain infrastructure for freshhorticulture produce,iv) Popularization of identified new technologies / tools / techniques forcommercialization / adoption, after carrying out technology need assessmentv) Assistance in securing availability of quality planting material by promoting setting upof scion and root stock banks / mother plant nurseries and carrying out accreditation /rating of horticulture nurseries and need based imports of planting material.vi) Promotion and market development of fresh horticulture produce.vii) Promotion of field trials of newly developed/imported planting materials and otherfarm inputs; production technology; PHM protocols, INM and IPM protocols andpromotion of applied R&D programmes for commercialization of proven technology.Promotion of applied R & D for standardizing PHM protocols, prescribing critical storageconditions for fresh horticulture produce, bench marking of technical standards for coldchain infrastructure etc.,ix) Transfer of technology to producers/farmers and service providers such asgardeners, farm level skilled workers, operators in cold storages, work force carrying outpost harvest management including processing of fresh horticulture produce and to themaster trainers.x) Promotion of consumption of horticulture produce and products.xi) Setting up of Common Facility Centers in Horticulture Parks and Agri-Export Zones.xii) Strengthen market intelligence system by developing, collecting and disseminatinghorticulture database.
  • 14. xiii) Carrying out studies and surveys to identify constraints and develop short and longterm strategies for systematic development of horticulture and providing technicalservices including advisory and consultancy services.Mr. Singh elaborately described the pattern of assistance and components of thefollowing Schemes of NHB • Development of Commercial Horticulture Through Production and Post Harvest Management • Capital Investment Subsidy for Construction /Modernization Expansion of Cold Storage Scheme • Technology Development & Transfer for Promotion of Horticulture • Market Information Service Scheme for Horticulture Crops • Horticulture Promotion ServiceMr. Singh expressed concern over the factors contributing to slow progress in NER: • Lack of valid proof of land in favour of promoter. • Awareness in relation to changing nature of NHB schemes, especially revised procedure. • Response of bank for sanction of Term Loan. • To avoid the claims for old projects the response of state Govt. for Pre-LOI verification is not satisfactory. • Call back NHB subsidy/ Investigation. • Geographical & Topographical difficulties resulting in bad communication/road etc. • Man power available at Guwahati center coordinating of with 6 states • High – cost of Inputs & land development,. • Non-Availability of Quality Planting material. • The law & order situation.Mr. Singh informed participants about the initiatives of NHB for promoting horticulture inNER : • Capacity Building Programme for farmers of NER-Training program at NRC/CIMAP • High-Tech Demonstrations at Govt. Farms/farmers Field • Visit of Progressive farmers to Areas of excellence. • Acceptance of Land Records of NER for back ended capital subsidy. • Admissibility of subsidy to NER on higher rate. • Release of subsidy after physical verification onlyOrganic Production & CertificationMr. Kuntal Saha, SGS IndiaThe certification process must cover the entire chain of events from “soil toconsummation,” i.e. ... Growing Processing Packaging & Transport Storage & Distribution
  • 15. Manufacturing (if applicable) to retailerSteps of certification Selection Of Certification Body Obtain the Organic standard. Staff Training. Complete questionnaire for proposal costing. Accept proposal & completion registration form. Initial/Registration audit or Pre-assessment Audit (Optional).Group Certification Certification of an organized group of [producers, processors and exporters With similar farming & production system That are in geographical proximity Group of minimum 25 & maximum 500 producers Land holding per farmer should be less than 4 ha Individual members responsible for implementation of policies & procedures Risk is higher & higher intensity of monitoring required Advantages are Cost reduction, community access to technical support Build capacity-high volumes; better prices; market access Identification of producer groups Creation of awareness about group certification Identification of qualified personnel for maintaining the internal control system Preparation of ICS manual containing policies and procedures Implementation of the policies and procedures Conducting the internal audit & risk assessment Upload the data into Tracenet (www.apeda.gov.in).Dr. S S AdkarSenior Manager – Biotech, Nirmal Seeds Pvt LimitedDr. Adkar stated that the state of the art research and production facilities have beenestablished in his company for the manufacturing of various eco-friendly bio organicproducts like Biofertilizers, Biopesticides, Organic Manure, Plant Vitalizers, and SoilEnrichers. All the production process under the strict vigil of a team of scientists and allthe norms of production as per the ISO 9001:2000 are followed. The productsmanufactured meet the requirements of CIB, FCO.The two Blue Chip and highest selling products of the company viz. Bio Power and BioForce has got Process Patent from the Govt. of India.The Bio – Input division of the company has tie-up with various National andInternational Institutes for research and development, he informed.
  • 16. Feedback from ParticipantsOverall Perception of the Event"It was an excellent interaction with perfect visitors of required profile."
  • 17. Areas to be addressed by Government to unlock sectorpotential • Formulation and adoption of Assam Organic Policy – with proper coordination among different stakeholders, synergizing various schemes under organic farming, proper crop/area zoning, and more accountability of district level officers for project implementation. • Identification of partners for Assam Organic Committee to deal with vital issues and formulate strategies for launching an organized drive keeping in view the past experiences • Identification and notification of organic pockets, belts and zones to prepare the Assam Organic Map. • Formation and organization of organic growers and capacity building exercise • Building support system in the vicinity for inputs and services with emphasis on farm level production and quality control. • Designing and commencing production ventures guided by specific certification authority • Convergence of promotional agencies for aids and supports in the area of production, post harvest handling, marketing and export. • Documentation of POPs of important focused crops through translation to local dialects. • Better market linkage to be established by selecting few crops & low volumes and strengthen and functionalize marketing wing in departments/APMC. • Certification : identification of accreditation and certifying agencies on regional basis. • Transfer of technology/ extension services and technical assistance and intensive trainings, on farm inputs, pests/disease/weeds control.
  • 18. Press CoverageWednesday, March 14th, 2012 | Posted by TNT BureauDemand for organic food increasing The (ICC) organized a seminar on ORGANIC PRODUCTION at Hotel Nakshatra in Guwahati on 13 March 2012 in association with APEDA, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GoI, National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ministry of Agriculture, GoI and NABARD to popularize the concept of organic farming that has emerged as a major thrust area in agriculture over the past few years throughout the globe. agriculture Northeast India, with its tremendous collection of biotic resources, has till now not been able to realize the importance and the benefits of organic farming to its full potential. In view of the growing demand in the market for organic foods, there have growing been initiatives from various sectors including the central and state governments topopularize organic farming.Adressing the seminar Dr. PVSM Gauri, Advisor, National Programme for Organic Production, APEDA, New Delhi Production,said that farming in India by default has been organic but in traditional form With the increasing demand of organicfood the farming should be designed to produce self sufficient for consumption and explore opportunities to export.Organic farming in India started even before the much hyped Green Revolution but in its traditional form. Dr. Gauri nicwith statistics data confirmed that the nation consumed 84% of the total organic food (6.43lakh MT) produced lastyear with a revenue impact of Rs. 543 crores. With 2000 outlets spread across the country selling 200 varieties ofproduct produced by more than 15 companies contributing a market share of Rs.543 crores against an estimateddemand of Rs. 2707 crores organic food market as per the study by Moraka foundation2010. She emphasized on studyurgent need of becoming self sufficient in organic production and to invest in this sector. She made an appeal to thestate governments of the northeast region unlike Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh to have separate budget havefor organic farming and production and declare 100% organic.The agroclimatic condition of the Northeast is favourable for organic farming and the cultivators and players of theregion must be given proper and adequate training for producing organic products and organize market which is producingalready existent said , ‘Dr. K M Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University. He further added thatthe Northeastern states can grow few particular crops as major producers like Assam joha rice , Nagaland- Spices, Assam- NagalandTurmeric, Zinger etc. He also stressed on the need of channelized flow of informations about government schemeand other aspects of organic farming through farmers organization or agencies like the Indian Chamber ofCommerce. Mr. L. Baite, IFS, Managing Director, NERCORMP Mr. Timothy Hanse Das, Director – Horticulture, .Govt of Assam, Mr. Kuntal Saha, SGS Organic; Mr. Dilip Dhaker, Managing Director, Biocert India Pvt Limited;Dr. Bangshidhar Kalita, Government of Assam, Dr. Sarat Saikia, Chief Scientist, Horticulture Research Station, Mr. Saikia,S K Singh, Assistant Director, NHB; Mr. Sheikh Ali Hussain; Director, Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living,Andhra Pradesh, also deliberated in the Seminar.The inaugural session of seminar began with welcome address delivered by the ICC North east regional DirectorMr. Ishantor Sobhapandit followed by Key Note Address by Dr. PVSM Gauri Advisor Organic Production,APEDA, Ministry of Commerce Govt. of India and special address by Dr. K M Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor of Bujarbaruah,Assam Agriculture University and conclueded with a address from Timothy Das Hansie, newly appointed DirectorHorticulture Dept. Govt of Assam. The second session were addressed by Mr. B K Baruah Regional Head, APEDAon APEDA scheme for benefit of Organic Sector in North East, Mr. Dilip Dhaker MD Biocert India Pvt. Ltd. , Dr. meSarat Saikia Chief Scientist of Horticulture Research Station, Kahikuchi on Organic Technologies while Mr. S KSingh Asstt Director on schemes of National Horticulture Board. The seminar concluded with address from HorticultureAcademy for Sustainable and Integrated Living (ASIL) on role of organic production in sustainable living. Thedelegates interacted on need of patenting the organic production and proper certification body to standardize andmake organic production commercially viable.
  • 19. Stress on organic farming in NEGuwahati | Tuesday, Mar 13 2012 ISTWith a view to popularise the concept of organic farming that has emerged as a major thrust areain the agriculture sector over the past few years throughout the globe, a seminar was todayconducted in Assams main city Guwahati.The seminar was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association withAPEDA, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, National Horticulture Board(NHB), Ministry of Agriculture and NABARD.Addressing the seminar, Dr PVSM Gauri, Advisor, National Programme for Organic Production,APEDA, New Delhi said farming in India by default has been organic but in traditional form.With the increasing demand in organic food the farming should be designed to produce self-sufficiency for consumption and explore opportunities to export, he said.Dr Gauri with statistical data confirmed that the nation consumed 84 per cent of the total organicfood (6.43lakh MT) produced last year with a revenue impact of Rs 543 crore.With 2000 outlets spread across the country selling 200 varieties of product by more than 15companies contributing a market share of Rs 543 crore against an estimated demand of Rs 2707crore organic food market as per the study by Moraka foundation 2010.She emphasised the urgent need of becoming self sufficient in organic production and to investin this sector.The agroclimatic condition of the Northeast is favourable for organic farming and the cultivatorsand players of the region must be given proper and adequate training for producing organicproducts and organise market which is already existent, said Dr K M Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University.He also stressed on the need of channelised flow of information about government schemes andother aspects of organic farming through various organisations of farmers or agencies like theIndian Chamber of Commerce. UNI SG LR/src1619 NNNN
  • 20. Stress on organic farming in N NENorth East / Nation no commentsGuwahati, Mar 13: With a view to popularise the concept of organic farming that has emerged as a ewmajor thrust area in the agriculture sector over the past few years throughout the globe, a seminar wastoday conducted in Assam’s main city Guwahati.The seminar was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with APEDA, IndianMinistry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ministry ofAgriculture and NABARD.Addressing the seminar, Dr PVSM Gauri, Advisor, National Programme for Organic Production, APEDA,New Delhi said farming in India by default has been organic but in traditional form.With the increasing demand in organic food the farming should be designed to produce self self-sufficiencyfor consumption and explore opportunities to export, he said.Dr Gauri with statistical data confirmed that the nation consumed 84 per cent of the total organic food(6.43lakh MT) produced last year with a revenue impact of Rs 543 crore.With 2000 outlets spread across the country selling 200 varieties of product by more than 15 companies varietiescontributing a market share of Rs 543 crore against an estimated demand of Rs 2707 crore organic foodmarket as per the study by Moraka foundation 2010.She emphasised the urgent need of becoming self sufficient in organic production and to invest in thissector.The agroclimatic condition of the Northeast is favourable for organic farming and the cultivators andplayers of the region must be given proper and adequate training for producing organic products andorganise market which is already existent, said Dr K M Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agriculture rganise Vice-Chancellor,University.He also stressed on the need of channelised flow of information about government schemes and otheraspects of organic farming through various organisations of farmers or agencies like the Indian Chamberof Commerce. (UNI)
  • 21. Stress on organic farming in NEGuwahati, Mar 13 : With a view to popularize the concept of organic farming that has emergedas a major thrust area in the agriculture sector over the past few years throughout the globle, aseminar was today conducted in Assam’s main city Guwahati.The seminar was organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association withAPEDA, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, National Horticulture Board(NHB), Ministry of Agriculture and NABARD.Addressing the seminar, Dr PVSM Gauri, Advisor, National Programme for Organic Production,APEDA, New Delhi said farming in India by default has been organic but in traditional form.With the increasing demand in organic food the farming should be designed to produce self-sufficiency for consumption and explore opportunities to export, he said.Dr Gauri with statistical data confirmed that the nation consumed 84 per cent of the total organicfood (6.43lakh MT) produced last year with a revenue impact of Rs 543 crore.With 2000 outlets spread across the country selling 200 varieties of product by more than 15companies contributing a market share of Rs 543 crore against an estimated demand of Rs2707 crore organic food market as per the study by Moraka foundation 2010.She emphasised the urgent need of becoming self sufficient in organic production and to investin this sector.The agroclimatic condition of the Northeast is favourable for organic farming and the cultivatorsand players of the region must be given proper and adequate training for producing organicproducts and organise market which is already existent, said Dr K M Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agriculture University.He also stressed on the need of channelised flow of information about government schemesand other aspects of organic farming through various organisations of farmers or agencies likethe Indian Chamber of Commerce. (UNI)
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  • 23. List of ParticipantsSl.No. Name Organisation state Mobile North Eastern Tea 1 Bidyananda Barkakoty Association (NETA) Guwahati, Assam 9435046211 2 Nayan Moni Mohan Guwahati, Assam 3 Pintu sen S S Ashram Guwahati, Assam 9854583506 4 S.S. Haque National Associates Guwahati, Assam 9854091139 5 Lutfur Rehman NEDS Guwahati, Assam 6 K.N.Ghaffar Clover Organic Pvt.Ltd Guwahati, Assam 9957615504 7 Rajjawal OneCert Asia Guwahati, Assam 9435702225 8 Mr. Roy control union West Bengal 9930514668 Small Farmers Agri 9 M.J. Das Business Consortium Guwahati, Assam 10 Debajit Sarma NERAMAC Guwahati, Assam 2341427/2341428(F) 11 Dr D K Mishra GreenFeild Services Guwahati, Assam +91 94028 30072 12 MrRanjit Singhvi GreenFeild Services Guwahati, Assam 13 Dibyajyoti Hazarika GreenFeild Services Guwahati, Assam 14 Sunil Kathotia GreenFeild Services Guwahati, Assam Dr. Pritom Kumar 15 Borthakur Department of Horticulture Jorhat, Assam 9435486997 0361-2463373, 0361- 16 Mr. Tamal Biswas AFPRO, Task Force Guwahati, Assam 2527560 0361-2463373, 0361- 17 Mr. Chandan Kalita AFPRO, Task Force Guwahati, Assam 2527560 18 Abhishek Srivastava Intertek West Bengal 91 9748823333 Assam livestock & Poultry 19 Mr. P Konwar Dept Guwahati, Assam 9954532335 Dept of Livestock Production & Management, 20 Dr Jogi Raj Bora AAU Guwahati, Assam 9864088585 state medicinal plants board, dept. of environmt & 21 Rajendra P Agarwalla Forest Guwahati, Assam 2700545/2700414 22 M Thakur Purabi Guwahati, Assam Central plantation Crop 23 Dr. gobinda Acharya Research institute Guwahati, Assam 2840251/2841785 Central plantation Crop 24 Ms. Ranjana Chakraborty Research institute Guwahati, Assam 2840251/2841785 25 pradip saikia Eastern Mark Guwahati, Assam 9864186329 26 Tilak das sahajyog Guwahati, Assam 9864610663 27 Prabal Sen AFPRO, Task Force Guwahati, Assam 9436040911 28 Surendra Kumar IHT Guwahati, Assam 9435910178 29 Ms.M Q Marak ami msamb Guwahati, Assam 9436119047 Assam VALLEY COLD STORAGE PVT LTD & JK 30 Jahangir choudhury Industries Assam 9435062571
  • 24. Assam VALLEY COLD STORAGE PVT LTD & JK31 Humayan choudhury Industries Assam 943506257132 Mawsam Hazarika SDAO Guwahati, Assam 943510368533 P Mitra Burea Veritas West Bengal 933127269334 Kushal Bhuyan Burea Veritas Guwahati, Assam35 Dr. BC Tamuly ALDA Guwahati, Assam 9435161957 Central Inland Fish36 Mr Anil Kr Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam 9508630380 Central Inland Fish37 KK Sharma Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam 943519185938 Dr. Dipesh Debnath CIFRI Guwahati, Assam 970652453339 Amarjyoti Deka Lord Communications Guwahati, Assam 9707685478 North East Mega Food40 Dipak Kr Singh PARK Ltd Guwahati, Assam 995419170141 D Saikia Guwahati, Assam 9435548225 Assam Livestock42 Dr BN Devsarma Development Agency Guwahati, Assam 9864350438 Assam Livestock43 Dr LP Bharali Development Agency Guwahati, Assam Assam Livestock44 Dr RN Choudhury Development Agency Guwahati, Assam Assam Livestock45 Dr Dilip Sikdar Development Agency Guwahati, Assam Assam Livestock46 Dr Monideep Das Development Agency Guwahati, Assam 9864350438 Dr. Trishna Bopuzari,47 Professor Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam 9435100907 Dr. Masuk Raquib,48 Assistant Professor Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam49 Dr. Julie Das, Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam Dr. Lakhyajyoti Borah,50 SRF Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam51 Dr. Moonmi Khaund, SRF Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam Dr. Protiva Gogoi, MVSc.52 student Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam Dr. Sharmistha Chakraborty, MVSc.53 student Veterinary Dept, AAU Guwahati, Assam coconut development54 Mr. Sugata Ghose board Guwahati, Assam 2220632/2229794(f) coconut development55 Mr. Bilich Dan Bara board Guwahati, Assam 2220632/2229794(f) coconut development56 Ms.Deiji Narah board Guwahati, Assam 2220632/2229794(f) coconut development57 Ms. Fariza Shaheed board Guwahati, Assam 2220632/2229794(f) coconut development58 Kamal Baishya board Guwahati, Assam 985481968159 Dr. B C Deka KVK,AAU Dhubri, Assam 9435340387 9207042975/60 Mr. Vikash Bhagabati IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam 9864062229
  • 25. 61 Rajiv Rai IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam62 Biraj Phukan IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam63 Nandita Das IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam64 Preety Tokbpi IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam65 Pallabi Gogoi IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam66 Debasish IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam67 Anirban gogoi IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam68 Ajay IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam69 Dipak IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam70 Madhu IHM, Guwahati Guwahati, Assam71 Mr. SN Deb UPS Project, Guwahati, Assam 985422290372 Mr. Akkas Ali NEDFI Guwahati, Assam 6115555/6115556(F)73 Mr. Sawang Tangjang NEDFI Guwahati, Assam 9854028222 Ministery of Agriculture,74 G Chakrabarty GOI Guwahati, Assam Ministery of Agriculture,75 Tapash Bhattacharya GOI Guwahati, Assam76 Mr S. Sharma SS biotech Guwahati, Assam 94350-9119077 Ms.Minku Das Bosco Reach out (NGO) Guwahati, Assam 943590919078 Mr.Sanjay Chetri Bosco Reach out (NGO) Guwahati, Assam 9435909190 Bhakuagog Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti Dimoria Block,79 Mr.Pholad Karmakar (Farmers’ club) Assam 9864914546 Bhakuagog Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti Dimoria Block,80 Mr.Dewnath Karmakar (Farmers’ club) Assam 9864914547 Bhakuagog Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti Dimoria Block,81 Mr. Kiran Karmakar (Farmers’ club) Assam 9864914548 Bhakuagog Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti Dimoria Block,82 Mr. Ambika Tumung (Farmers’ club) Assam 9864914549 Bodagaon Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti83 Mr. Akan Bardolai (Farmers’ club) Bodagaon, Assam 9854587771 Bodagaon Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti84 Mr.Purna Bardolai (Farmers’ club) Bodagaon, Assam Bodagaon Krisak Pathar Parichalana Samiti85 Mr. Manab Kowar (Farmers’ club) Bodagaon, Assam86 Mr M C Gayari NABARD Guwahati, Assam 2238110/2235657(F)87 VK Bist NABARD Guwahati, Assam 943500908688 Mr S Chaulia NABARD Guwahati, Assam 943570960089 Mr Asif Bin Qutub RGVN Guwahati, Assam 2452320/2528523(F)90 Mr. Ratan Kanta Das RGVN Guwahati, Assam 2452320/2528523(F) Horticulture Research91 Dr. Sarat Saikia station, AAU Kahikuchi, Assam 9435224593 Indore, Madhya92 Dilip Dhaker Biocert India Pvt Ltd Pradesh 808565646693 L. Baite NERCORMP-IFAD Shillong, 9402196236
  • 26. Meghalaya94 SHEIKH Ali Hussain ASIL Andhra Pradesh 934731076095 Dr. Rajen Baruah AAU Jorhat, Assam 995445533296 BK Baruah APEDA Guwahati, Assam 9864028908 Kolkata, West97 Kuntal Shah SGS India Bengal 916332391398 SK Singh NHB Guwahati, Assam 940104214899 Dr. BK Kalita Agriculture Mangaldoi, Assam 9435306518 Mumbai,100 Dr. S S Adkar Biotech Maharastra 9764441811101 Mr. Timothy Hanse Das Hortculture Dept Guwahati, Assam 9435508000102 Mr. Chandiram Hazarika Agriculture Guwahati, Assam 9954595574103 B Singh NIRD Guwahati, Assam 9435019453104 Dr. D D Deka ALDA Guwahati, Assam 9435484739105 Urmi Bhattacharya Seven Sister Pst Guwahati, Assam 8011003230106 Pranjal pratim huyan PTI Guwahati, Assam 7896062500107 Nitom mazumdar UB Photos Guwahati, Assam 9864242842108 Kamal borah DD News Guwahati, Assam 9435287379109 Tapan B DD News Guwahati, Assam 9706574218110 A Sarma Aji/Dainik Pratidin Guwahati, Assam 9435272347111 Binod Frontier TV Guwahati, Assam 9613075598112 Gaurav Oas Times of India Guwahati, Assam 9706023422113 Saorav Bora The Telegraph Guwahati, Assam 9678072285114 Bikash Das News Network Guwahati, Assam 98608112811115 Partha Pratim Goswami Eclectic Guwahati, Assam 9864087121116 Dilip Gogoi Prag News Guwahati, Assam 9954754686117 Mridusmita Prime News Guwahati, Assam 9678774661118 Rinku Mazumdar Sakalbela Guwahati, Assam 9854423539119 palash khaond amar asom Guwahati, Assam 9854906073120 nilotpal sabhapandit prag news Guwahati, Assam 9954633049121 anamika talukdar eastern chronicles Guwahati, Assam122 M Neog sangbad laheri Guwahati, Assam 9435615839123 S Medhi Frontier TV Guwahati, Assam 8876532104124 M Gogoi Guwahati, Assam 9957130347125 KK DD News Guwahati, Assam 970238421126 HK Kalita QCO Guwahati, Assam 9435085947 Central Inland Fish127 Dr BK Bhatacharya Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam 9435553274/2224893 Central Inland Fish128 Dr Sona Y Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam Central Inland Fish129 P Gogoi Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam Central Inland Fish130 A Kakoti Reascrh Inst Guwahati, Assam Karbianglong Agro Karbianglong,131 Duleswar Borgohain processing industry Assam 9207051923 Karbianglong Agro Karbianglong,132 Mr. Chandan Borah processing industry Assam Karbianglong Agro Karbianglong,133 Mr. Ambica Borah processing industry Assam134 D L Sinate TUMTUS Guwahati, Assam 9864040915
  • 27. 135 David Kuirom TUMTUS Guwahati, Assam 9435607394136 N P Sharma Guwahati, Assam 9435517019137 Bhaskar Gogoi OAPA Guwahati, Assam 9613851585138 Rohit Borgahain OAPA Guwahati, Assam139 C M Momin Horti Dept Guwahati, Assam 9436995635140 N Devachandra SBI Guwahati, Assam 9435596320141 M j Das SFAC Guwahati, Assam 9435100476142 Dr. Bidyut Jyoti Das College of Vet. Sc Guwahati, Assam 9435303725143 DK Saikia GR Dairy Guwahati, Assam 9435548225144 P Saikia GR Dairy Guwahati, Assam 9678553381145 Sanjib Rajbongshi Tea Board Ghy Guwahati, Assam 9435707719146 KK Mazumdar Dairy Develoment Guwahati, Assam 9435380431147 Daya Ram Singh NHB Guwahati, Assam 9706708417148 Rishiraj Neog RR Enterprise Guwahati, Assam 9401725091149 RK Bajaj GVRT, P Ltd Guwahati, Assam 9435117402150 Ashish Bajaj GVRT, P Ltd Guwahati, Assam 9706078112151 Ranjana Chakrabarty CPCRI Guwahati, Assam 9706062124152 NK Goswami TERI-NE Guwahati, Assam 9435115210153 Dr.Ashish Kar TERI-NE Guwahati, Assam 9954690697154 Dr. Akali Sema Ministry of Agri, GOI Guwahati, Assam 9436262348155 Sunil Kumar North East Biotech Guwahati, Assam 9401269877156 Dr. S Saikia CSIR Kahikuchi, Assam 9435096977 Landmark Woods,157 Kundal Roy Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga, Assam 9864047996158 Mr. Lahit Upadhyay Guwahati, Assam 9864047996/9854141561159 Shahjahan kazi Guwahati, Assam 9864014076160 P K Dey NE AGRO Centre Jorhat, Assam161 D Bora NE AGRO Centre Jorhat, Assam162 Navanita Mahanta NHB Guwahati, Assam163 Utpal NHB Guwahati, Assam164 Ramesh NHB Guwahati, Assam165 Mr. M Slong Jowai166 Mr. P Hajong Organic tea project Umsning167 Mr. KW Chyne, ICS ICS Manager Umsning168 Mr. Carlos D Sangma Tikrikila169 Ms. Beronica R Marak Asst Director of Horticulture Tura, Meghalaya170 Ms. Anuradha Goswami ICC North East Assam 8011004874171 Mr. Pranjit Tamuli ICC North East Assam172 Ms. Yasmin Banu Laskar ICC North East Assam173 Mr. Ishantor Sobhapandit ICC North East Assam Mr. Abhishek Roy174 Mazumder ICC North East Assam175 Mr. Mintu Das ICC North East Assam176 Mr. Nanda Kirati Dewan ICC North East Assam