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Agriculture is the most important livelihood strategy in India, with two thirds of the country’s workforce depending on farming. Most farmers are small and marginal farmers cultivating areas of less than two hectares. The farmers now a day's heavily depend on inorganic external chemical inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides that contaminate groundwater and other water-dependent ecosystems, reduce soil fertility over time. The continuous use of pesticides and chemicals is a serious problem for the health of farmers across India. So, organic farming is best and ultimate option that will help them to overcome many problems. For this availability of quality organic inputs is critical for success of organic farming in the country. The purpose of this paper is to provide the details of the Experiential learning Module Program, a description of all the activities undertaken during the same, understand the economics of production and marketing of organic inputs, the lessons learnt and challenges during the module program period. This study was carried out at Shri Sant Shankar Maharaj College of Agriculture, Pimpalkhuta Ta. Dhamangaon Rly dist. Amravati, during module programme 2021-22. In this content, the present investigation was undertaken, to study cost and benefit of production of organic inputs like vermicompost, Jeevamrut, Dashparni ark, Agnistra, vermiwash at domestic level and to analyse profitability of these input production. We prepared all the products by following the procedures given by shri subhash palekar. We found that, the cost required for preparation of vermicompost is 3800 Rs (including variable and fix cost) and total income received at the rate 15 Rs/kg from 600 kg of vermicompost is 9000 Rs, for getting extra income we also sold the vermiwash at the rate of 30 Rs/lit and got the net profit of 6,833 Rs from vermicompost. Jeevamrut was produced 80 lit and sold at the rate of 30 Rs/lit, we got 1600 Rs net profit from it. Likewise Dashparni ark and Agniastra was also produced 80 liters each and sold at the rate of 120 Rs/lit, we got net profit of 9,040 and 8,510 Rs respectively. So we concluded that production of this organic input required low input cost and traditional knowledge and it serves as a good source of employment for rural youth.