Organic Food Products Of India Exports

28 April 2021 Current Affairs:The Ministry of Commerce & Industry has announced that in terms of quantity, the exports of organic food products grew by 39 per cent to eight lakh 88 thousand metric tonne at some stage in the last economic year in contrast to 2019-20.

Highlights:
♦ The growth in organic products has been carried out no matter logistical and operational challenges posed via the COVID19 pandemic.
♦ Oil cake meal has been a main commodity of the organic product exports from the country accompanied by oil seeds, cereals and millets, tea, medicinal plant products and dry fruits.
♦ India’s natural products have been exported to 58 international locations which includes USA, European Union, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Switzerland, Israel, South Korea.
♦ Organic merchandise is currently exported from India solely if they are produced, processed, packed and labelled as per the requirements of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).
♦ The NPOP has been carried out via Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) for the reason that its inception in 2001.
♦ The NPOP certification has been regarded through the European Union and Switzerland which enables India to export unprocessed plant merchandise to these nations without the requirement of additional certification. The equivalency with the EU also enables the export of Indian natural products to the United Kingdom even in the publish Brexit phase.
♦ India now has greater than 30 lakh ha location registered under natural certification and slowly more and more farmers are joining the movement. India ranks fifth in terms of location and is at the top in phrases of complete quantity of producers (base year 2019).
♦ Despite deep inroads of contemporary agricultural practices, still, there are massive contiguous areas in hills, tribal districts, wasteland and rained areas in India that continue to stay free from chemical input usage. With little efforts, such traditional/ default natural areas can be brought under organic certification nearly immediately.
♦ As per the hooked up norm of natural manufacturing systems, the areas having chemical input usage records are required to endure a transition length of a minimal 2-3 years to qualify as organic. During this period, farmers want to undertake preferred natural agriculture practices and maintain their farms below the certification process. On profitable completion, such farms can be licensed as natural after 2-3 years. The certification technique also requires complex documentation and time to time verification via the certification authorities.
 

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