Organic farming, certification by Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) and marketing the produces in the local market are encouraged in this scheme by cluster approach. This is a Government of India and the State government shared scheme with a sharing pattern of 60:40. This is a three year continuous programme.
The scheme is implemented in 27 districts (Phase I) namely Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul (including Kodaikanal), Erode, Kancheepuram, Kanyakumari, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Namakkal, Pudukkottai, Salem, Sivagangai, Tiruvannamalai, Thanjavur, The Nilgiris, Theni, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli, Tiruvallur, Tiruchirapalli, Thoothukudi, Vellore, Villupuram and Virudhunagar districts of the state.
The scheme implementation started in the year 2015-16 to bring an area of 2,550 acre of horticultural crops under Organic cultivation and PGS Certification. In the first year (2015-16), it was implemented in 51 clusters in 26 districts at an outlay of Rs.3.60 Crore. During the year 2016-17, the second year programme was implemented at an outlay of Rs.2.54 crore in the same clusters.
During third year ie., 2017-18, assistance for crop cultivation conversion of land to organic, biological nitrogen harvest planting, custom hiring of agriculture implements etc., are being implemented at an outlay of Rs.0.74 crore.
An additional area 550 Acre ( Phase II )was brought under organic cultivation and PGS certification by forming 11 new clusters at an outlay of Rs.39 Lakh in districts like Ariyalur, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Salem, Perambalur, Thirvallur, Tiruppur, Thoothukudi, Thanjavur and Trichy.
In Phase III ,it is proposed to implement the scheme in Krishanagiri District in 50 clusters during the year 2018-19.