In order to boost organic farming, the Indian state of Haryana has given its approval to establish Haryana Organic Certification Agency (HOCA) at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar.
The decision was shared by the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.P. Singh. HOCA will reportedly be Haryana’s first organic certification agency. In addition, the agricultural university has also set up the Deendayal Upadhyay Centre of Excellence for Organic Farming.
According to the reports, the agency is likely to start functioning within a month. It will function as a government-aided agency.
The university has also started the process of getting accreditation of HOCA from the central government.
“Establishment of HOCA will help the organic growers of Haryana to obtain the third party certification in a cost-effective and transparent manner enabling them to sell their produce with certification mark to domestic as well as international market,” Vice-Chancellor Prof. KP Singh said.
The Vice-chancellor also thanked Haryana’s Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal Khattar for giving approval to HOCA.
It is worth noting that in the state budget 2020-21, Haryana proposed to expand organic and natural farming to 1 lakh acres in the next 3 years.