Organic Farming: A new face of Ladakh’s Agriculture

Organic farming has seen a surge in popularity among farmers and consumers alike as a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution due to negative environmental effects of conventional and modern farming methods.

Moreover, it emphasizes natural processes, low use of chemicals, and comprehensive land management. In view of the increasing demand for organic farming and its products, the government has been promoting it as a chemical-free farming with its different ongoing schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Mission Organic Value Chain Development for Northeastern Region (MOVCDNER).

Ladakh, the newly announced Union Territory, known for its scenic beauty, is ready to utilize its centuries-old expertise in organic farming to become an increasingly prominent player in this market. The use of chemicals by farmers is negligible and difficult terrain with less cultivable land logically puts it in a good position to be certified as organic UT.

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In addition, it is the growing demand for organic products that has propelled many locals — who are not only optimistic about earning money, but also have the desire to conserve the decade-old traditional ways of Ladakhi agricultural practices.

Further, the local government has initiated certain steps such as the use of vermicompost, mulching, neem-oil, and policies to promote an organic way of farming. The Mission Organic Development Initiative (MODI) is one of the first in this direction where it aims to transform Ladakh region as the first organic UT by 2025.

In this context, two Organic Farmer Facilitation Centers, one each at Leh and Kargil were inaugurated by Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad in presence of Lieutenant Governor, UT Ladakh RK Mathur at an event organized jointly by Department of Agriculture, UT Ladakh, and Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SSOCA), Government of Sikkim in 2021. The first Organic state of India, Sikkim, pledged to provide all available assistance in this area.

Definitely, the challenge lies with the drop in yields, which could create a problem in the beginning especially for farmers who are dependent on chemicals. Finding an effective alternative to chemicals that help farmers to get rid of insect-pests, diseases and weeds.

A stable market with enough connectivity is a must to transport the products on time and at a feasible price so that it is within the reach of consumers.

The continued advancement and innovation in organic farming techniques, alongside supportive policies and incentives for organic farmers by the government will contribute to the expansion of organic agriculture in Ladakh.

As a result, organic farming stands to not only benefit individual farmers and communities but also make significant contributions to addressing the pressing challenges facing global food systems. Ultimately, it is the patience and support from all angles, that will allow Ladakh to be recognized as India’s first Organic UT.


  1. Definitely it’s the need of hour where we should turn towards more sustainable agriculture. Let’s cheer Ladakh to become first Organic UT.

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