After a three year quest, on 8th June 2015, ICCOA registered its own farmland near Hosur, around 80 kms from Bangalore. A traditional Bhumi puja marked the start of our new centre- C-SOF. It aims to be a full-fledged training and demonstration centre for organic agriculture offering residential training for farmers, extension workers, officials and entrepreneurs interested in organic agriculture/ agribusiness
Why these product/services considered as GREEN?
We have initiated a unique concept of biovillage that goes beyond just organic farming and certification. The model aims to increase the farmer’s income and living standards by integrating seven other components such as agriculture/ horticulture, animal husbandry, production of organic inputs, bio gas units, basic processing facilities, rural entrepreneurs, agri and eco-tourism. The farmers and entrepreneurs will take up these activities within the village, thereby reducing the costs of farming inputs, 0primary processing and energy. The farmers can also earn additional income with dairy, poultry, sheep/ goat rearing and apiculture. Rural entrepreneurs are encouraged to start community compost units, primary processing centres, which will provide employment to the village youth. Farm stays and home stays have become hugely popular with eco tourism initiatives and this will be leveraged to supplement the income of the farmer. The biovillage model aims to build self- sufficient communities using sustainable organic farming practices.