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Organic Food in India

Standards for Organic Food

Standards for Organic Food
  • Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  • National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) by Ministry of Commerce & Industry

He Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 are based on the standards of National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS-India) . The customer will be assured of the genuineness after the Regulations are notified. These regulations ensure integrity of the Organic Food products, and help in controlling unscrupulous practices in the market.

Jaivik portal on Organic Food from India is a regulatory portal. At the heart of the portal is an Indian Organic integrity database jointly developed by FSSAI, APEDA and (PGS-India) on Organic food standards

Interesting Facts – Do YOU Know?

  • Sikkim is India՚s first fully organic state
  • Total area under Organic certification is 5.71 million hectares
  • India ranks first in terms of number of Organic producers
  • India ranks 9th in area under Organic agriculture
  • India exports around 1.35 million MTs of certified organic foods

He Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 are based on the standards of National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS-India) . The customer will be assured of the genuineness after the Regulations are notified. These regulations ensure integrity of the Organic Food products, and help in controlling unscrupulous practices in the market.

Jaivik portal on Organic Food from India is a regulatory portal. At the heart of the portal is an Indian Organic integrity database jointly developed by FSSAI, APEDA and (PGS-India) on Organic food standards

NPOP Certified Organic Food Products

NPOP Certified Organic Food Products
  • FSSAI Logo & License No.
  • India Organic Logo
  • Single Ingredient products to be labelled as “Organic.”
  • Multi-Ingredient products to be labelled as “Certified Organic” (minimum 95 % of ingredients are of certified organic origin) .
  • Name and logo of the Accredited Certification Body & Accreditation Number
  • PGS-India Certified Organic Food Products

The Director General of Foreign Trade under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992, notifies standards for Organic Production in National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) . The NPOP has a system where in Certification Bodies are accredited with National Accreditation Body (NAB)

  • NPOP launched during 2001 laid the foundation for systematic development of organic agriculture sector in the country.
  • NPOP is being managed by APEDA under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • NPOP is the main stay for quality assurance for organic agriculture products in India operated through 28 accredited certification bodies.
  • NPOP has grown almost 35 fold starting from 42,000 ha in 2003 - 04 TO 1.45 million ha during 2016 - 2017.
  • All types of agriculture, horticulture, and non-food crops are grown under organic certification process.
  • Livestock, aquaculture, animal feed processing and handling, mushroom production, sea weeds, aquatic plants and greenhouse crop production have also come under the ambit of organic certification.
  • More than 4.45 million ha area is under organic certification, comprising 1.44 million ha under cultivation and 3.0 million ha under wild harvest collection
  • NPOP has equivalence with organic food regulations of European Union and Switzerland and a recognition agreement on conformity assessment with USDA.
  • TRACENET is an on-line application tool managed by APEDA under NPOP for management of entire organic certification system in the country.
  • The major export destinations are EU, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia.

PGS-India Certified Organic Food Products

PGS-India Certified Organic Food Products
  • FSSAI Logo & License No.
  • India Organic Logo
  • Single Ingredient Products to be labelled as ‘PGS-Organic’ .
  • Mixed/Processed Products to be labelled as ‘PGS-Organic’ (minimum 95 % ingredients are PGS-Organic) .
  • The description of the PGS group & unique ID code.
  • INM Division of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation, and Farmer՚s Welfare (DAC & FW) through National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF) is implementing Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) . It is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant, emphasizes the participation of stakeholders, including producers and consumers, and operates outside the frame of third party certification
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare with National Centre of Organic Farming as its secretariat launched PGS-India programme in 2011.
  • PGS-India is a decentralized certification system.
  • PGS-India is a locally applicable quality assurance system for grower group certification, implemented together by locally known small group of farmers, traders, and consumers under the supervision of Regional Councils.
  • The programme with the nationwide network operates through 563 Regional Councils located across the country.
  • PGS-India programme is based on the standards of NPOP but is distinct in its certification procedures.
  • In 2015, financial assistance started through Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) scheme, since then number of farmer groups/clusters have raised to 4178 and number of farmer increased to 173887 by March 2017.
  • Area under PGS-India certification has raised from 6064 ha in 2012 - 13 to 143817 ha land in March 2017.
  • The PKVY scheme is aiming to cover 5 lakh ha over a period of next three years forming 10000 clusters.

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