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  • To facilitate, encourage and promote development of organic farming and sustainable agriculture in the country.
  • To encourage and facilitate production and distribution of indigenous seeds as a basic impediment in promoting organic agriculture.
  • To carry out scientific study on the effects of terminator gene in agricultural seeds on the ecosystem as a whole
  • To act as a nodal agency for the promotion of production of indigenous seed varieties
  • To encourage production and use of organic and biological sources of nutrients like bio-fertilizers, organic manure, compost for sustained soil health and fertility and improving soil organic carbon and to promote production and use of bio-pesticides, bio-control agents etc as alternative inputs in organic farming.
  • To act as nodal agency for implementation of quality control regime or bio-fertilizers and organic fertilizers
  • To conduct studies on various water harvesting mechanisms suitable for the state
  • To explore the possibility of reducing the emission of green house gases by promoting the use of alternate energy resources
  • To formulate and define standards for other unregulated organic and biological inputs and bring them under quality control mechanism, define/upgrade standards and testing protocols.
  • Develop, maintain, undertake regular efficacy testing and ensure steady supply of mother cultures of bio-fertilizer and other beneficial micro-organisms for nutrient mobilization and plant protection to the biological input production industry.
  • To run short term certificate courses and diploma and degree on organic system and on-farm resource management.
  • To organize regular trainings and refresher courses for State Governments' quality control analysts/inspectors associated with implementation of Fertilizer (Control) Order 1985 (FCO).
  • To impart trainers' training on certification systems, organic management, input production and on other related aspects to certification and inspection agencies, extension agencies, farmers, industries and organizations engaged in the production, and promotion of inputs and organic farming.
  • To initiate research on validation of established indigenous practices, inputs and technologies leading to development of package of practices.
  • To initiate studies/surveys on biological soil health assessment under different farming systems, practices or states.
  • To act as central information and data collect ion centre on all aspects of organic farming and dissemination of information through print and electronic media.
  • Publication of training literature, Quarterly Organic Farming Newsletter, Half yearly Bio-fertilizer Newsletter and validated and documented indigenous practices.
  • Technical support to existing certification systems in terms of standards formulation, designing implementation protocols, evaluation and surveillance. Policy, implementation and surveillance support to alternative farmers' group centric low-cost certification system such as PGS.
  • Awareness creation through seminars/conferences/trade fairs and publicity through print and electronic media.
    xx. Support Central and State Governments in evaluation, and monitoring of various organic agriculture schemes. To start and maintain a model farm in the University Campus for the purpose of conducting research and training in organic farming
  • To conduct studies on various agricultural practices followed in various agricultural zones such as Kuttanadu, Palakkad, Wayanad and High Range regions of Idukki and Wayanad
  • To conduct studies on the bioaccumulation of hazardous pesticides like endosulfan in the spice garden located in the high ranges of the state
  • To protect and conserve sacred groves and natural ecosystems within the state