The 5th Edition of Women of India Organic Festival 2018 at IGNCA

To Boost Incomes of Women Organic Farmers & Entrepreneurs From 28 States of India ...


The 5th Edition of Women of India Organic Festival 2018 at IGNCA

To Boost Incomes of Women Organic Farmers & Entrepreneurs From 28 States of India 

“Good for Women; Good for India; Good for You!”

In the coming weeks New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) will be the hub of India's most varied offerings of organic products ranging from food, wellness, personal care, home improvement, kitchen composters and for the first time ‘The Vegan Project’ and Food Court with cooked-on-site delicacies. 

Organized on an annual basis by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development since 2015, the 5th edition of the ‘Women of India Organic Festival 2018’ celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic field from across India. Participants from the remotest parts of the country travel and stay in Delhi free of cost for the entire duration of the Festival, while having the opportunity of selling their healthy and wholesome goods to the people of Delhi and surrounding areas.

According to the Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi,

“Organic options encourage consumers to adopt a healthier lifestyle while helping to protect the planet and its eroding natural resources. The Women of India Organic Festival highlights the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provides a platform for women engaged in this field and encourages the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remotest corners of India. The WOI Festival has given a successful platform to empower women farmers and entrepreneurs in a festive and fruitful manner for the past 4 years. It is a matter of great satisfaction for me that the Ministry’s efforts ultimately boost these illustrious rural women’s local communities and economies by creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products.”

To make the organic movement more accessible to the public, the Ministry of Women & Child Development has changed the venue for the 2018 edition to IGNCA and has kept the Entry & Parking Free for All. The timing for the 10 days Festival 2018 (WOI Festival) will be from 10.00 A.M. till 8.00 P.M.

The Women of India Organic Festival 2018 from October 26-November 04, will have producers and manufacturers of Organic Products from 28 Indian States. Over 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, will come together with their organic products including 1200 varieties of rice, several varieties of millets, cereals, pulses, spices, chilli chocolates, pumkin seeds, cookies, pickles, jams, marmalades, chutneys, juices, dry fruits, organic ice creams, ready-to-eat meals & snacks, oils, honey, tea, coffee, mushrooms, herbs, cosmetics, hair care, bath care, skin care, aromatherapy products, solar products, kitchen composters, organic seeds, organic cotton fabrics, linen fabrics, seeds jewellery, fruit wines, handmade papers from cow, rhino and elephant dung, cow dung air purifiers, water hyacinth crafts and other bio products.

Modern organic farming originated in the early 20th century and was a part of a wave of changing farming practices. India has been a part of the organic farming revolution with over 160 million hectares of cultivable land. At present, the country is home to more than 835,000 organic producers, 699 processors and 669 exporters. It is also home to more than 30% of total number of organic producers (2.7 million) in the world.

Better quality of produce fetches enhanced prices and adds approximately 20% to the incomes of related farmers. Overall, the income and savings of a farmer using exclusively organic methods in agriculture increases by over 50% since there is no investment in costly chemical pesticides, fertilizers and preservatives. The rapid growth of the organic market can be attributed to various factors. The increasing emphasis on good health, proliferation of consumption-related ailments, and increased awareness among consumers, together with government initiatives aimed at promoting organic products are key drivers of this exponential market expansion.

The Ministry of Women & Child Development works towards holistic development of Women and Children through nutrition. The Ministry observed September 2018 as the Poshan Maah (National Nutrition Mission).

(Press Release)


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