CERTIFICATION, PROCUREMENT AND FARMER DEVELOPMENT
- The national policy on organic production (NPOP) announced in March 2000 provides national standards for organic productions in India through national accreditation policy and programme.
- Compliance with the certifying framework consisting of institutional infrastructure and standards on the lines of the global standards is most critical.
- There are 11 certifying agencies in India. These include international major such as SKAL and Ecocert, and indigenous agencies such as INDOCERT.
- For organic food exports Indian exporters/farms require certification from NPOP as well as the certification requirements of the bying country, plus any specific product specifications such as mycotoxins for gains and alpha toxins for herbs and spices.
- India has been included in the list of third country under article 11 of the EU resolutions 2092/91. The national organic programmed (NOP of the US has accepted Indian accreditation standards).
- Permanent farmer training and extension center at the Agri food parks in Sirhind, Punjab.
- Extension service for training will also be provided at the farm level.
- Literature on organic farming and hand books on package of practices in the vernacular.
- The foundation will facilitate all aspects of the certification process for its farmers.
- Trained teams will be employed.
- Recruitment from the local communities conversant with local language, agriculture practice and social norms.
- The foundation will also set up its own laboratories to reduce the cost of certification.