After taking motion in opposition to errant certification companies, APEDA is now contemplating implementing “Organic Aadhaar” for farmers engaged in natural farming beneath the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) to eradicate the potential for bogus enrollment.

“We are actively considering it because we want to take all necessary steps to ensure that India’s organic products remain among the most preferred in the global market,” stated M Angamuthu, Chairman of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

The European Commission and Switzerland have acknowledged NPOP requirements for manufacturing and accreditation of unprocessed plant merchandise as equal to their respective nation requirements. Organic merchandise licensed by accredited certification our bodies in India are accepted by European importing international locations. Negotiations are underway with South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, and Japan to acquire related recognition.

However, some situations of chemical residues had been found in natural sesame exported to Europe final 12 months, prompting India and the EU to take motion (high-risk classification, suspension, and penalty) in opposition to certification companies. Later, India’s natural cotton exports had been additionally jeopardized as a result of alleged knowledge from some phoney farmers’ teams.

Every plot of land within the nation now has a 14-digit identification quantity assigned by the federal government. Last 12 months, the Unique Land Parcel Identification Number (ULPIN) scheme was launched in ten states and can quickly be rolled out throughout the nation. According to official sources, this might additionally grow to be a strong software for figuring out natural land.

The concept is to create an id for the farmer for the natural certification course of based mostly on Personal Aadhar and ULPIN. According to the sources, the info aspect of Organic Aadhaar will grow to be the deep basis for the integrity of India’s natural agriculture. “Organic Aadhaar combined with Tracenet will create a robust system for effectively planning and monitoring policy measures,” Angamuthu stated.

Tracenet system, which was launched in 2009, offers data on merchandise exported from the nation. Details concerning the farmer, his land, and the inputs used within the manufacturing of the product are made accessible via the system for merchandise exported from India. APEDA established an professional committee in June 2021 to strengthen and simplify natural agriculture.

“Organic Aadhaar is similar to a voter ID card in that it will provide the farmer in a growers group with exclusive protection of organic status and income.” This will shield his rights to promote the produce at a better worth whereas sustaining his natural standing. If applied, its influence will probably be felt within the coming years, as it’ll elevate NPOP to a better natural normal on the worldwide map,” stated S Chandrasekaran, a commerce coverage analyst.

As of March 31, 2021, the full space beneath natural certification (registered beneath NPOP) was 43.39 lakh hectares. This contains 26.58 lakh hectares of cultivable land and one other 16.81 lakh hectares put aside for wild harvesting. In 2020-21, India produced 34.96 lakh tonnes of licensed natural merchandise like oilseeds, sugarcane, millets, cotton, pulses, tea, espresso, fruits, greens, and spices.

First printed on: 30 Apr 2022, 10:57 IST



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