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Globally India Ranks 9th In Organic Farming Outlook

India by the year 2015 was using merely 1.2 hectares of the total land used for farming of both conventional and organic classifications

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The share of nations involved in organic farming, according to International Federation Of Organic Agriculture Moment (IFOAM), leaves India at ninth rank with Australia on top with 22.7 million hectares of land used for organic farming.

India by the year 2015 was using merely 1.2 hectares of the total land used for farming of both conventional and organic classifications.

Bhutan has an interesting vision of becoming a fully organic nation by 2020. The country has already pioneered in organic farming and its neighbouring state Sikkim had been declared by government as the only Indian state with 100 per cent organic farming.

Land Under Organic Farming By Countries

Land under organic farming as data suggested by IFOAM and Research Institute Of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), can be termed as mere god gifted to the nations with higher land mass and lower population.

Falkland Islands, between UK and Argentina, is a rare example of higher farm land sizes used for organic farming.

In 2015, the total land under organic farming was 50.9 million hectares, which is around 1.1 per cent of the world’s total agricultural land. Though the size of land in organic farming had increased four folds from 11 million hectare in 1999 to 50.9 million hectare in 2015, but the per cent share remains as nominal as anything (<1.2 per cent) .

The Producers

There were some 2.4 million organic producers among the world till year 2015. A study by Yes Bank and Ingenous Strategy & Creative Research (2016) says that though US and Australia are sharing largest organic farm land sizes in the world but it is still the group of developing countries with emerging economies who holds the key to organic farming. More than 86 per cent of overall organic producers are from developing economies.

A regional classification will also make it proper to understand that population plays a major role in economies. Asia with 35 per cent of overall organic producers in the world, holds major chunk even though farm land size is the biggest challenge in region.