Research on organic farming was initiated in this university in 2006 with the establishment of Model Organic Farm now spread over an area of about 20 hectares, with the objectives to generate data about the appropriateness and efficiency of the organic practices and also to workout combinations of these practices for hill farming systems and crops. This university got the credit of having first “Niche Area of Excellence” programme on Organic Farming in Hill Agriculture in 2006. At that time a voluntary inter disciplinary team of about 20 dedicated scientists from different departments and colleges of the university carried out the research work on the scientific validation of existing organic farming practices, their further improvement, development of concrete organic management package/guidelines for various indicator crops of the hill farming system. It was the resultant of hard and strenuous work of the scientists in first three years under NAE programme that ultimately resulted in creation of separate Department of Organic Agriculture in the College of Agriculture in 2009. It was the first Agriculture University in the country to take this initiative only because of the strength of NAE on “Organic Farming in Hill Agriculture”.
On the basis of the progress of work done in the field of organic farming, this department could get “Niche Area of Excellence” programme on “Production & Protection Technology for Potential Vegetables and Pulses under Organic Farming System” w.e.f. March 2012 to March 2017 worth Rs 553.0 lakhs.
Niche Area of Excellence (ICAR-NAE) Programme on Production and Protection Technologies for Potential Vegetables and Pulses under Organic Farming System (2011-12 to 2016-17)
Final Progress Report (.doc format)