'Organic farming can generate 80lac jobs in Rajasthan in 5yrs'

'Organic farming can generate 80lac jobs in Rajasthan in 5yrs' Jaipur: Organic farming has the potential to generate over 80 lakh jobs in Rajasthan in over the next five years if it is actively promoted, industry body Assocham said in a report today.

The study said promotion of organic farming in the state can generate over 65 lakh jobs apart from additional about 15 lakh jobs in on-farm storing, processing, value addition, packaging and marking facilities are included.

Titled as 'Organic Rajasthan: Untapped Potential for Growth', the report was released here today jointly by former Assocham President Anil K Agrawal and Diya Kumari, chairperson of the Assocham's Rajasthan chapter.

The study said adoption of organic farming can increase net per capita income of a farmer in the state by a 250 percent to over Rs 15,000 in the next five years from a mearge Rs 6,000 at present.

"Rajasthan has a crucial role to take India's share in global organic exports from about 0.2 percent to about 2.5 percent by 2017. Besides, the state has the potential of becoming India's export hub for certified organic food to the global market," the report said.

Kumari said the new chapter would be functional in the coming days and its office would be located in the city and accessible to all.