Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board (UOCB) is the state nodal agency for organic agriculture. Registered under the society’s act 1860. Core areas of activities of UOCB are marketing, capacity building and quality through Internal Control Systems (ICS). UOCB has been working and implementing SRTT funded Himmothan Pariyojna since 2003 under the project names COF-1, COF-2, and COF-3. COF-3 is being implemented in selected clusters since May 2013. Sanjeevani has been working for COF-3 project as a Local Implementing Agency.
Objectives of Sanjeevani Organisation in COF-III
The primary objective of the sanjeevani in COF-III is to motivate selected organic farmers to organize themselves into independent and democratic decision making entities. Sanjeevani will enable these entities. Sanjeevani will enable these entities which may be Farmer Interest Groups (FIF’s), SHG’s or federations to carry out entrepreneur’s activity to further their organic agri-biz activities. Overall the objective is to strengthen the organic agriculture group activities through a group modes which is the prime objective of the project.
Saturation of Selected Blocks- (SSB)
The SSB project is for the novel in its approach and ambitious in its objective. The novelty lies in the implementation process. First time in Organic Uttarakhand program Voluntary Organization shall be taken up as partners to implement the organic project. The involvement of Voluntary Organization has been brought in the implementation process to bring in strategic partnership and alliances with local organizations. The strategic alliances brings into foray the importance of Organic Agriculture as a mainstream part of rural development. In the hills of Uttarakhand Rural Development entry point programs revolve around social mobilization and capacity building of farmers and their family’s for micro finance and enterprise development. Some of the specific programs bring in skill development and despite a dozen rural development schemes more than half of rural population of hills lack a marketable surplus. If there is a surplus lack of market access. The Sanjeevani organization shall bring in the edge required for the fulfillment of sustainable agriculture and rural development process.