Department of Organic Agriculture and Natural Farming
 Last Updated: May 31, 2021

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A documentary on Centre for Natural Farming 

Genesis and Growth

Seed of organic farming programme was sown in the university way back in 2002 under the guidance of Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor, Dr. Tej Partap. The main emphasis was to train human resource (scientists & field functionaries) to carry out further research and extension to boost organic farming in the state. A trained voluntary team of 25 scientists from different disciplines of four colleges of the university worked thereafter for the strong establishment of organic farming programme in the university. As a result, Model Organic Farm was launched on Himachal Day, April 15, 2006 by the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. D.S. Rathore. Sincere and dedicated efforts brought laurels to the university in the form of Centre of Organic Farming in Hill Agriculture under “Niche Area of Excellence Program” of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Within three years of inception the centre is recognized at the National and International forum. Dr. Tej Partap, Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor finally paved the way for the creation of the department of Organic Agriculture and it came in to existence in August 2009 with specific mandate to promote organic farming in the region by systematized teaching, research & extension under the leadership of Dr. YS Paul. Now a multidisciplinary team of  Scientists is working under the headship of Dr J P Saini, Professor of this department.


Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) activities at CSK HPKV

  •  In Himachal Pradesh the Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) activities were first initiated at CSK HPKV, Palampur during April, 2016 when 4 days National Workshop was held in the university on 27-30 April, 2016 under the Chairmanship of His Excellency the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. Acharya Dev Vratji. Padamshri Subhas Palekar was the key speaker of the workshop.

  • Recently, ZBNF Centre was inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvratji on 29.01.2018 in the benign presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of H.P.  Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of CSK HPKV, Palampur, Dr. Ashok Kumar Sarial and a team of Cabinet Ministers along with the local MLAs.

  • This Centre under the Department of Organic Agriculture and Natural Farming will initiate the Research and Extension activities on ZBNF in a big way and will popularize it among the farmers of the state through the KVKs, NGOs and the Line Departments.

  •  Recently, the Govt. of Himachal Pradesh has sanctioned a project on ZBNF to CSK HPKV, Palampur under which a sum of Rs. 3.0 crores has been released for undertaking the following activities.

  • To develop and standardize the technologies for the cultivation of different crops under ZBNF system.

  • Human Resource Development and technology dissemination.

  • Initially, different pulses like gram, lentil and soybean; cereals like wheat and paddy and underutilized crops like ogla/phaphra(Fagopyrum sp.) were taken as experimental crops wherein encouraging results were obtained

[Designed & developed by: UNS, DEE, CSKHPKV, Palampur]
[Contents provided by Department of Organic Agriculture]