Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Overview

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Wiki Overview

In this article I will give a detailed overview of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana.

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) is a government of India scheme which ensures the promotion of organic farming.

Is Organic Food Really Good?

Before going into the details of PKVY Scheme I would like to highlight that organic food in general is popular more for what it does not contain than for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your health, and the health of our environment.

Is Organic Food Something New?

Organic food industry is a big and growing industry in the West today, as they are slowly realizing the harmful side-effects of mechanized farming,   strong pesticides/ insecticides and livestock pumped up with steroids and antibiotics. India, a predominantly agricultural country, after having experimented with Western-style farming for 50 years is now going back to its traditional organic farming methods which she has been practicing for millennia. Earlier I have talked about 23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet.

Organic Farming in India

Schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) helps in developing organic clusters and make available chemical free inputs to farmers.

There has been a 17 fold increase in cultivated area under certified organic farming in last one decade (42,000 ha in 2003-04 to 7.23 lakh ha in 2013-14) – which implies that organic farming in India has grown at 33% per annum CAGR over the last decade.

In 2001, Government of India implemented the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP). This program involves the promotion of organic farming, accreditation program for certification agencies, norms for organic production etc. Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttaranchal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been promoting organic farming.

The government has been promoting organic farming through various schemes/ programs under:

Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana Wiki

  • Groups of farmers would be encouraged to take up organic farming under Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY).
  • Under this scheme, 50 or more farmers will form a cluster of 50 acre land to use organic farming.
  • In 3 years 10,000 clusters will be formed covering 5.0 lakh acre area under organic farming.
  • Farmers will have no liability for expenditure on certification.
  • Government will give every Rs. 20,000 per acre in three years for seed to harvesting of crops and to transport produce to the market.
  • Rs 300 crore has been allocated for the scheme during the year 2015-16.

India holds the second largest agricultural land in the world [157.35 million hectares]. Schemes like Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) is helping to develop organic clusters and make available chemical free inputs to farmers. Along with Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA) , Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, agriculture sector promises attractive opportunities. Agriculture GDP growth for the current year is estimated at 4.6 per cent compared to 4.0 per cent in the last four years. A sustainable growth of 4 per cent is to be achieved each year. Thus there is huge scope in this sector, especially in organic farming in India.

Organic food is far superior to conventional food. Historically a country like India has always believed that as humans we must respect and revere nature because we are an integral part of it. And keeping this philosophy in mind, our farming methods have always been organic and natural. Unfortunately, some 50 years back to embrace “modern farming techniques” Indian farmers were incentivized to follow Western agricultural practices and methods of mono-cropping, using strong artificial synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Today we can see the harm it has caused – underground water levels are depleted, water table is contaminated with chemicals from these pesticides, bugs have been more resistant and require stronger chemicals, soil quality has deteriorated and many previously green places have become arid and desert-like.

However we have now realized our mistakes and hopefully we will move to modernized “traditional” agriculture rather than Westernized agriculture, and see how of the damage can be undone. Organic farming is fast picking up pace and some of the positive changes are already visible in some places and communities. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana is a great initiative in this regard.

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List of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling – A to B

List of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling Starting with A and B

In this post I will share with you a comprehensive list of tea gardens in Darjeeling starting with letter a and b.

Tea connoisseurs can refer to this post as a complete guide to all known tea estates in Darjeeling. According to government data, there are a total of 144 tea gardens in Darjeeling. All the tea gardens are leased out for a term of thirty years as per Form I, Schedule F of the WBEA Act, 1953. A tea garden range in size from anywhere around 300 acres to 1300 acres with hundreds of workers and their families residing within the garden. Thousands of people including children live in a tea garden.

Some basic statistics/ information on land of tea gardens is given below.

  • Total no of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling – 144 of which 87 are listed by Tea Board.
  • Retained Area – 141056.02 Acres
  • Area Under Tea – 74843.82 Acres
  • Area Under Housing, etc. – 12499.98 Acres
  • Unused Area – 16308.93 Acres
  • Area under Forest – 17217.27 Acres
  • Doubtful Area – 20186.02 Acres

Complete List of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling A to B Letters

1. Alloobari Tea Estate

In 1856, Alubari Tea Garden, the first garden in the hills, was set up.  Captain Samler was the first tea planter who started the Alubari tea garden in 1856 under the management of Kurseong and Darjeeling Tea Company.

2. Ambiok (Hillton)

Ambiok/ Hillton is located in the Teesta Tea District.

3. Arya Tea Estate

Contact: 37, Shakespeare Sarani, 4th floor, Kolkata-700017. West Bengal,India

List of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling Arya Tea EstateThe Arya Tea Estate has been in existence since 1885 and is located in the Darjeeling (East) tea district. The plantation spreads across 125 hectares and starting at an altitude of 1820 meters spreads down to 900 meters with average of 1500 meters. Producing 70 tons annually, Arya exports a  range of Black Tea and different varieties of Green Tea. It also has a range of its own jewels- Ruby (Black Tea), Emerald (Green Tea), Pearl (White Tea), Diamond (Chunky Tips) and Topaz (Oolong).Jasmine and Rose Teas.

Some of their popular products are:

  • Arya Organic Peral Tea
  • Arya Organic Ruby Tea
  • Arya Organic Topaz Tea
  • Arya Organic Emerald Tea
  • Arya Organic Diamond Tea
  • Arya Organic Clonal Leaf Tea
  • Arya Organic Green Tea

Arya Tea Estate is also known as Sidrabong. The story goes as follows:

” … a monk who was believed to possess extraordinary spiritual powers chanced upon a hill and was left speechless by its purity. He looked all around and felt a sense of elation, for what he saw was a stunning expanse of beautiful hills being nurtured and caressed by the freshness of the wind.

More importantly, it made him realize that he was about to give shape to what had for long been brewing in his mind- a unique flavor of tea that would have no parallel anywhere else in the world. The monk was already revered for his Chinese seed development skills, and here he was- at gates of Paradise, about to discover a flavor divine. He along with his fellow monks, set about with experimental plantations. They studied in great detail the nature of soil, topography and the weather pattern for years till the right conditions were identified. The hard work yielded rich results as the flavor surpassed their expectations. Hence was born an exceptional brew-inimitable and unmatched till today. The “Sidrabong” gardens were thus established by the monks in the 19th century …”.

4. Avongrove

Contact: vongrove Tea – a division of KPL International Ltd. Park Plaza, 71, Park Street South Block, 7th Floor Kolkata 700016

Avongrove is an established, high elevation tea estate in the Darjeeling district of India and is located in the Rungbong Tea district.

They are certified organic by Control Union Certifications for JAS, USDA and EU & India organic. They are also HACCP certified. In 2008, Avongrove was taken over by KPL International Ltd., an international business company marketing chemicals, paper, polymers, and allied products in India and overseas, sourced globally.

The Avongrove tea estate overlooks the Balasun River.

Some of their popular products include:

  • First Flush Leaf Tea
  • Second Flush Muscatel
  • White Tea
  • Silver Blossom
  • Fragranced Pearl Tea
  • Florette
  • Pine Scented Tea Pyramids
  • Deorali
  • Peony Rosette

5. Ambootia Tea Estate

Contact: 20 Coalberth, Hoboken Road, Kolkata 700 088, West Bengal, India

Ambootia is well known for its Darjeeling Tea. The tea garden is operating since 1850s and currently owned by Sanjay Bansal. It is located at north Kurseong area with elevation ranging from 950-1450 meters.

Some of their special features are:
– Bio-dynamic and organic farming to prevent soil erosion
– improved soil fertility which has resulted in a healthy produce.
– The use of natural fertilisers has rid the soil of chemical residues
– Renewable sources of energy such as hydro electricity reduce carbon footprints.

Ambootia has been selected as a model farm for Darjeeling Organic Tea under the United Nations FAO Project. A model estate for Organic and Bio-dynamic System of Agriculture, it is certified by several International Organic Standards. Ambootia tea is certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International for their social practices that have ensured a better quality of life at the grassroot level.

6. Badamtam Tea Estate

List of Tea Gardens in Darjeeling Badamtam GoodrickeImage Courtesy:

The Badamtam Tea Estate is owned by Goodricke Group Limited. Badamtam produces excellent and delightful teas. Specially renowned, are the first flush teas, which are highly prized abroad–the Chinas being light and delicate, and the Assam hybrids brisk and bright.

Badamtam Tea Estate is located in the Lebong Valley about 17 kilometers west of the Darjeeling town [Darjeeling West Tea District]. After the end of the two estates viz., Bada Ging Tea Estate and Chhota Ging Tea Estate, starts the area of Badamtam tea estate and goes till the Majhi Tar basin in Sikkim. The estate is situated at an altitude ranging between 305 metres to 1830 metres above sea level.

One of the most scenic of all Goodricke estates, Badamtam presents a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga. A serene and majestic, fourteen feet high bronze statue of the Buddha, sculpted by a renowned artist, sits like a guardian of peace over the vistas of tea bushes.


  • FSSC 22000 Certified
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Organic Certified
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • UTZ Certified
  • ETP Certified

7. Barnesbeg


Barnesbeg tea garden belonging to Goodricke Group Ltd. Is situated 17Km away west of Darjeeling. The nearest Railway station is New Jalpaiguri which is 90 Km from the garden and the Airport is Bagdogra 95Km from the garden.

This picturesque garden facing the majestic peaks of Kanchenjunga. The Garden stretches from 780 feet to 3200 feet above sea level and enjoys a balmy, cool weather, with the Little Rangeet river gushing down the valley.

This garden was planted by Christine Barnes in the year between 1877. The name “Barnesbeg” was probably derived from Barnes’ bagh or garden.

A dual manufacturing process allows the garden to make both black and green teas. Barnesbeg is Certified Bio –Organic Garden w.e.f April 2010.


  • FSSC 22000 Certified
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • Organic Certified
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • UTZ Certified
  • ETP Certified

8. Bannockburn

Contact: Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd. 2, N. C. Dutta Sarani, Sagar Estate 5th Floor, Unit 1 Kolkata – 700 001, India

Bannockburn Tea Estate is located in the West Darjeeling Valley. It has a planted area of 143 hectares of a total of around 300 hectares of land and produces 90,000 kgs of tea. The estate employs around 500 workers and is engaged in the process of conversion to organic cultivation.

It is owned by the Chamong group. Chamong Group is the largest producer of premium organic Darjeeling tea. Chamong Organic Tea is certified free from harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Chamong tea gardens have been inspected by SGS India and have been certified with HACCP standards.

9. Balasun

Contact: “Industry House”, (15th Floor) 10, Camac Street, Kolkata-700 017.

The Balasusn Tea Garden is managed by Jayshree Tea & Industries Ltd from 2005. Before the Jayshree group took over in the year 2005, it belonged to Darjeeling Consolidated Tea Company Limited, which in turn became the owner of this tea estate in the year 1963.

Balasun Tea Estate is located at about 65­70kms from Bagdogra Airport, under Kurseong Sub division of Darjeeling Hill district. The Balasun Tea estate is spread across rolling hills with moderately gentle slope and a wide open valley with Balasun river flowing at the bottom part of the garden. panoramic views. The garden altitude varies from 365 metres to 1375 metres above MSL and temperature ranges between 7 degree winter to maximum of 30 degree in summer.

The estate has Fair Trade certification from FLO-CERT, HACCP certified by TUV-NORD, UTZ certified by IMO and SAN/ Rainforest Allaince certification from IMO.


  • Tea cultivation : 181.38 Hectare
  • Gross yield : 100 Tons per year

Types of Tea

  • Conventional Black Tea
  • Darjeeling Clonal Tea
  • China wonder

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Organic Tomatoes vs Conventional

In this post, I will share with you 27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts. Earlier I have talked about 17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes.

Organic tomatoes are grown naturally using fertilization and pest management techniques that do not use artificial or synthetic chemicals. Conventional tomatoes are however grown using modern farming techniques – artificial fertilizers, chemicals, herbicides, synthetic pesticides and mechanized processes.

27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts

# Aspect Conventional Tomatoes Organic Tomatoes
1 Pesticide Conventional Tomatoes are one of the highest pesticide sprayed vegetables in the world. Organic tomatoes have very low pesticide residue.
2 Pesticide Synthetic pesticides are a significant health risk and may cause birth defects, nervous system damage, hormone disruptions, respiratory disorders and various types of cancers. With organic toamtoes, the chances of these health problems are automatically reduced.
3 Pesticide Pesticides have been shown to reduce biodiversity, destroy bird habitats and threaten endangered species.
4 Pesticide Pesticides are a major cause of water pollution.
5 Artificial Fertilizer Conventional Tomato farming relies heavily upon strong artificial fertilizers. Organic tomatoes do not use artificial fertilizers.
6 Artificial Fertilizer Synthetic fertilizers have been shown to play a significant role in contaminating the environment. Organic tomato farming is environment friendly.
7 Artificial Fertilizer Another negative impact of synthetic fertilizer is that most of the nitrogen in the fertilizers is unused and seeps into waterways where it creates algae blooms, which absorb oxygen from the water and suffocate fish and other aquatic life. Organic tomato farming ensures that aquatic life is not impacted.
8 Soil Health Studies have shown that conventional farming leading to deterioration a soil quality as well as desertification in the worst case. Organic tomatoes agriculture sustains the health of soils, as strong chemicals are not used.
9 Soil Health Heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers in conventional tomato farming depletes the land and makes it less arable. Organic tomato cultivation uses a number of techniques to ensure that this does not happen.
10 Soil Health The use of fertilizers hardens the soil and makes it difficult to grow crops without using stringer chemicals. This leads to a vicious cycle which damages the crop, the environment and the local Eco-system.
11 Size Conventional tomatoes are 70% bigger in size than organic tomatoes.
12 Vitamin C Studies have shown that organic tomatoes have 57% more Vitamin C.
13 Anti-oxidants Organic fruits in general contain 40% more antioxidants
14 Anti-oxidants Organic tomatoes have double the concentration of two specific types of flavonoids – quercetin and kaempferol – which are known to have potent antioxidant properties.
15 Beneficial Minerals Organic fruits are said to have more beneficial minerals.
16 Flavonoids Organic tomatoes have 2x more phenolic compounds such as flavonoids which help the body help the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia
17 Lycopene Found in higher concentration in organic tomatoes, the flavonoid lycopene is known to slow tumor growth.
18 Lycopene Lycopene has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of stroke
19 Lycopene Lycopene has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer.
20 Cooked Tomatoes When organic tomatoes are cooked the bio-availability of lycopene actually increases rather than decreases as in other raw foods, and hence cooked organic tomatoes are actually more nutritious and healthier.
21 Cooked Tomatoes Overall antioxidant levels actually increase by 30% when organic tomatoes are cooked.
22 GMO Organic tomatoes are GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications.
23 Economic Benefit Since organic tomatoes are sourced locally, the money stays within the community.
24 Economic Benefit Middle-men and large corporations eat up the profits of local farmers. The organic farmer stands to gain monetarily because he can sell his tomatoes directly to the market without needing middle-men or multiple aggregators.
25 Environmental Benefit There is practically no long-distance transportation of organic tomatoes, hence there is also no carbon emission.
26 Environmental Benefit Organic farming ensures that the tomato plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
27 Overall Benefit Holistic benefits of organic tomatoes consumption include improved overall health of families and communities and better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.


For centuries we in India we have been growing nutritious food in healthy soil with no artificial pesticides and chemicals. Yet to become modern, India started introducing large scale mechanized farming, artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and chemicals since the 1960’s! We were copying America. The result has not been good – farm productivity has actually come down and farm produce has become harmful because of heavier concentration of these strong chemicals. Today the world is moving back to organic cultivation methods, and Indian farming is once again going back to its organic roots.

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Benefits of Organic Baby Food

Benefits of Organic Baby Food

In this article I will talk about all the wonderful benefits of organic baby food.

We all want to give our children the best start in life. So we try to ensure that we give the best possible food. We spend a lot of time in doing research and will not hesitate to spend any amount of money for the health of our children.

Yet despite our best efforts we may not always be able to do so because even the best quality food may have some undesirable content. For example, conventional farming uses a lot of strong chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides, a significant amount of which is actually absorbed by the produce. Studies have show that many of these chemicals are harmful for our health and more so in the case of children and babies.

Before going into the details I would like to highlight that organic food in general is popular more for what it does not contain than for what it does – namely synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. And this in itself has a huge effect on your baby’s health, your health and the health of your environment. And please note that organic baby food not only refers to off the shelf food packets available in store but also to home-made baby food using organic produce.

Benefits of Organic Baby Food

  1. Animals in conventional dairy farms are treated with a lot of antibiotics and hormones. These make their way to the milk and milk products, and may have a harmful impact on a child’s health. Organic milk will not contain such harmful substances.
  2. In an earlier article, I had shown that organic milk contains significantly more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic milk. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to protect against heart disease and improve children’s brain development.
  3. Organic cheese has been shown to have 2x nutrients compared to conventional cheese. Some studies have shown that 0rganic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have 30 per cent more nutrients.
  4. Conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables often have pesticide residues. While there are agencies which strictly monitor if the levels are acceptable or not, studies have shown that high level of pesticides are harmful to human beings. And a baby is more vulnerable to residue pesticides than adults because:
    – a baby eats more for its size than does an adult
    – a baby produces comparatively lower levels of the enzymes required to neutralize the effect of these pesticides
    Therefore organic baby food which is made from organic produce is a much better option.
  5. A study published in Environmental health perspectives found that children eating conventional food had a significant amount of pesticides in their system. However once they shifted to an organic diet, the pesticides in their system disappeared quickly.
  6. A study has shown that  that children born to women exposed to pesticides in agricultural fields or communities have lower IQs and other troubling health outcomes.
  7. Three independent studies tracked women exposed to higher amounts of organophosphate pesticides while pregnant and found that once those children reached elementary-school age, they had IQs averaging several points below those of their peers.
  8. According to a research by Environmental Working Group, you can reduce by 90% your pesticide exposure by shifting to organic apples, organic grapes (including juices), organic baby food, organic potatoes, organic spinach and a few other fruits and vegetables.
  9. Many parents prefer organic baby food because it is environmentally friendly. Pesticides used in conventional farming harm the environment in many ways – soil, water, air contamination and negatively impacting biodiversity.
  10. Many food scientists believe that organic baby food get more intensely regulated than non-organic food and hence is of much better quality.


Children’s bodies are delicate. They are still growing and their immune syetm is still developing. It takes time before their detoxification system becomes mature and at this time if they are exposed to harmful chemicals or pesticide residues, it may have long term impact.

Moreover children eat much more relative to an adult on a weight basis and hence anything bad in the food has a greater effect of children. Organic baby food may be more expensive than conventional baby food but it limits a baby’s exposure to chemical at an important stage of their growth.

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23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet

23 Major Benefits of Organic Diet

In this article I will talk about 23 Major benefits of organic diet in terms of its positive impact on health, environmental, community and local economy.

Organic food industry is a big and growing industry in the West today, as they are slowly realizing the harmful side-effects of mechanized farming,   strong pesticides/ insecticides and livestock pumped up with steroids and antibiotics. India, a predominantly agricultural country, after having experimented with Western-style farming for 50 years is now going back to its traditional organic farming methods which she has been practicing for millennia.

But why is organic food such a big deal? Why is organic farming on the rise?

It is so because organic food is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, artificial chemicals, genetic engineering and relies on natural or mechanical methods for pest control rather than on strong and potentially harmful insecticides and pesticides. As an illustration, if you eat just one thoroughly-washed apple, even then you could be potentially exposing yourself to 25 chemicals! Again studies have shown that about 60% of weed eliminators, 90% of mold eliminators, and 30% of insect eliminating chemicals may cause cancer. All this indirectly reaches our body via food produced conventionally.

Some of the 23 major benefits of organic diet are given below.

12 Major Health Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. Non-organic diet may contain chemicals like organophosphorus which are harmful for humans, which is not the case in organic diet.
  2. Even in small doses pesticide intake indirect via food made conventionally, can potentially increase the risk of cancer. An organic diet can prevent such a scenario.
  3. An organic diet is useful in ensuring higher consumption of nutritionally desirable anti-oxidants.
    Organic diet is free from herbicides and pesticides which have been linked to diseases like immune disorders and infertility.
  4. An organic diet introduces less than 1/6th the carcinogens in a baby’s blood as compared to a normal diet.
    Since organic produce is generally sourced locally and not-transported over long distances, the food is fresh.
  5. Not only is organic diet healthy, it is in fact tastier than non-organic because it is produced and sold locally and not stored in cold storage and transported over long distances.
  6. Organic diet is GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications.
  7. A diet consisting of organic milk is healthier than normal diet as organic milk has 50% more nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids than normal milk. In fact, there are 17 reasons why Organic milk is better than normal milk.
  8. Organic tomatoes have upto 50% higher concentrations of vitamin C and over twice the quantity of phenolic compounds as compared to normal tomatoes. which helps the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia.
  9. Organic strawberries have more nutrients and antioxidants than normal ones.
  10. Organically raised cows are not administered antibiotics or growth hormones – hence organic milk is free from the harmful effect of such chemicals.
  11. Organic milk has 70% more Omega 3 Fatty acids as compared to regular milk, and hence is more effective than regular milk for healthy growth.
  12. European research has shown that if infants and mothers eat organic dairy produce, the children are 36 per cent less likely to develop eczema.

5 Community & Economic Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. An organic diet ensures that you will be helping your local community as organic produce us generally sourced locally.
  2. Moreover since the money stays within the community, you will indirectly contribute to its economic prosperity.
  3. You will also be helping the farmers monetarily, because organic farmers generally bypass the normal middle-men and conventional channel of produce distribution. So there is no middle-man commission and the full money reaches the farmers.
  4. By supporting organic farming you are supporting small business and job creation in your local community.
  5. Better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

6 Critical Environmental Benefits of Organic Diet

  1. An organic diet indirectly contributes to reduction of carbon emission as there is practically no long-distance transportation of organic produce.
  2. Organic farming ensures that plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
  3. You will be significantly contributing to soil improvement through your organic diet. As organic farming does not use strong chemicals, there is minimal impact to soil health. In fact studies have show that mechanized farming often leads to deterioration in soil quality and in worst cases can cause desertification.
  4. Organic farming does not damage water sources as no artificial chemicals are used.
  5. Organic farming does not cause any air pollution, since heavy machinery is not used.
  6. Organic farming tries to work along with nature and wild-life rather than working against them, and this your organic diet is helping preserve our ecological balance and biodiversity.

Who would not want these benefits? Why would someone knowingly take pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and cereals? Would you rather destroy your environment or help preserve our ecological balance and biodiversity? Would you rather have super-rich corporations or all-round economic prosperity? The answer is obvious. So do make the right choice and switch to organic food, to avail the numerous benefits of organic diet.


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14 Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

In this post I will share a list of 14 organic food stores in Kolkata where you can buy certified organic fruits, vegetables, cereals and other food items.

Organic food industry is growing in leaps and bounds in India. And Kolkata is not to be left behind. People are becoming more health conscious. They realize the benefits of organic food.

Organic food is that which is grown naturally without using artificial fertilizers or synthetic insecticides. Organic produce has a lot of health benefits as organic fruits and vegetables contain no artificial pesticide residue. Plus organic food is also good for soil health and environment.

In the last 5 years the number of organic food stores in Kolkata has gone up significantly. Departmental stores, stores like Fabindia as well as specialized organic fruits and vegetables in Kolkata have now come up.

As per Whatsupkolkata, “ A food chain supply which was initially popularized by Arambagh Food Marts and WestBengal Govt. initiative, Haringhata distributors, has now become a lengthy system, with more than 1000 brand distributors selling over 100000 organic products in general supermarkets like C3, Spencer’s, Big Bazaar and also exclusive stores like Rainbow and Fab India in Kolkata.

Of all organic food in Kolkata, organic tea sells the most. Here are 17 wonderful benefits of organic tea. Kolkatan’s are adopting organic food very well and organic food sale is growing 60% year on year, and is expected to grow even faster in the next few years.

Organic Food Stores in Kolkata

#1 Rainbow Organics


Rainbow Organics is a well-known organic food store in Kolkata, selling a wide range of organic products. As per their website, “Rainbow has been specially created to cater to those who have been on the lookout for a balanced, healthy and holistic lifestyle, but did not know, till date, where to turn to. Rainbow believes in creating & maintaining a balance among all the five senses for optimum holistic living by taking care of your various requirements.”

Rainbow opened in May 2011. “We started shop because we realised there was a market for organic food in Calcutta that was completely untapped. There were one or two stores (remember Health Shoppe on Rowland Row?) but they shut down. There is a large community of people who want to go organic but don’t have the know-how,” says Deven Doshi, partner, Rainbow.

Open All Days: 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Rainbow Organics in Kolkata sells:

  • organic food items – coffee, green tea, herbal teas, oil, sweetners, snacks etc
  • personal care products across body care, face care, hair care and other categories
  • home care products like air freshners, candles, incense and holders
  • gift items

Rainbow Organic Stores

  • Cafe Organica: 4, Sunny Park, Kolkata – 700019, Phone: 033 40647678
  • Flagship Store:  33B Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata – 700020, Phone: +91 33 2485 1442
  • Diamond Plaza Mall: 4th Floor, 68, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700055, Phone: 91 9007 081 400

# 2 Casa Puro


Casa Puro sells organic rice, organic spices, organic herbal tea, organic dry fruits and nuts and organic honey.

Address: Casa Puro 60 Hemanta Basu Sarani, Kolkata 700001, India. Phone: +91-9830067949

# 3 Arome Dry Fruits

Dry Fruit Store, Shop No. 2-B, Bhawanipur Police Station, Sambhunath Pandit Road Phone: 033 4006 0440

# 4 Health Food Centre

Health Food Store , 8/1, Loudon Street, Loudon Street Phone: 033 2247 9790

# 5 ONganic

Organic Food Store, Debendra Lal Khan Rd, Sector-1 Phone: 084201 04759

# 6 Bio Organic

Farmers’ Market Address: 13/5, Jadavpur, Deshbandhu Rd, Phone: 085838 06797

# 7 Salt n Soap


Salt n Soap provides an online portal where they offer a huge range of products and provide online Grocery Shopping in Kolkata. They stock organic food items.

Address: Bluebeaks Solutions LLP, 4A KP Roy Lane, Dhakuria Kolkata, West Bengal, 700031 Phone: 91 33 23581245

# 8 On A Healthy Note


On a Healthy Notes strives “to provide natural, healthier alternatives to enhance your lifestyle, improve your well being and increase your vitality.” They have an online shopping portal through which they offer their various organic products. Some of the brands they sell are Ecofarms, Conscious Food, Zero G, Sattvic Organics, Organic India, Madhuban Natural etc.

Address: AE 31, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700064 Phone: 919830476761
Address: On A Healthy Note , Health Notes, P-5 Kalakar Street, Gr Floor , Kolkata – 700007

# 9 Tona- Organic Village


TONA Village produces organic rice, wheat flour,  fruit beverages and jams, spices, pickles, oils and health supplements.

Address: 866,Block A, Manorama Apartment, Lake Town, Kolkata, 700089, Phone: 098300 96686

# 10 Earth Haat


Earth Haat’s motto is to “deliver fresh organic produce to more people while establishing farmer accountability and source transparency to ensure all organic standards and guidelines are met”. They sell organic fruits, vegetables, jam & cheese, organic cereals, organic fruit juices, rice, atta, flour, spices etc.

Address: AD 300,Rabindra Pally, Keshtopur, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700101 Phone: 033 2571 1001

# 11 Spencers

Spencer’s offers a range of 250 products under the organic food category. The product basket consists of cereals, grains, flours, dry fruits, and even processed food products like pickles, jams, marmalade, honey, syrup, savouries and tea. “We have products from companies like 24-Letter Mantra, Organica, Pristine, Nourish Organic, Organic India are major players. We also have an imported organic range (Clear Spring ) from countries like Japan,” a Spencer’s spokesperson had said as per a newspaper report.

# 12 Super Supplements

They sell organic nutrient supplements like mass gainers and protein supplement.

Address : Shop no.523, 3rd Floor, Sriram Arcade, New Market, , Kolkata, West Bengal-700087 ,India

# 13 Bhagyalakshmi City Center

Bhagyalakshmi in City Center, Saltlake sells organic spices, pulses, cereals, pickles, jellies, vegetable and fruits.

Address: Shop No. F013 & 014, Ground floor, Block – DC, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064

# 14 Bigbasket


Bigbasket is the first comprehensive online grocery store in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mysore, Delhi-Noida-Gurgaon, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Nasik, Lucknow, Vadodara, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam & Patna. They sell alsmot all known varieties of Organic food item and deliver them to your house very promptly.

I have been using Bigbalset now for almost 3 years and till date their service has been awesome. So if you want to buy organic food in Kolkata, Bigbasket is the best online option.


This list by no means comprehensive. Organic food industry is a very dynamic business. New organic food stores in Kolkata are coming up, while quite a few have actually shut shop or moved to more lucrative markets like Mumbai and Bangalore. That being said, there is a plethora of options in Kolkata. People are now extremely health conscious and even don’t mind paying a little extra for healthier food.

Let us quickly do a recap of some of the benefits of organic food:
– contains fewer pesticides
– fresher
– GMO-free
– organic farming is better for environment
– money reaches farmer directly, middle-men reduced
– organic milk is rich in nutrients
– some organic fruits like tomatoes are actually richer in some nutrients

Who would not want these benefits? Why would someone knowingly take pesticide-laced vegetables, fruits and cereals, when you can get farm fresh and high quality stuff from online as well as various organic food stores?


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