Organic products exports rise over 80 times since 2002-03 to record $1.4 b last fiscal


Export of natural and organic solutions from India grew fifty one for every cent to a record $1.04 billion in dollar terms for the duration of the 2020-21 fiscal compared with the earlier fiscal. The raise has arrive immediately after natural and organic solutions shipments dropped by 9 for every cent to $689 million in 2019-twenty from $757 in 2018-19.

“Exports for the duration of 2019-twenty had been affected by the Covid pandemic. Till then, exports of natural and organic solutions witnessed a expansion exceeding 25 for every cent per year due to the fact 2016-17,” mentioned M Angamuthu, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Goods Export Growth Authority (Apeda).

Because 2002-03, natural and organic solutions exports have elevated by 80 moments from $thirteen million to $1.04 billion.

“Between 2016-17 and 2018-19, natural and organic solutions exports elevated by 25 for every cent, 40 for every cent and forty seven for every cent, respectively,” the Apeda Chairman mentioned. The authority capabilities as the secretariat for the Countrywide Programme for Organic Output (NPOP) that is applied under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce.

Aspect of exports

A key motive for natural and organic solutions exports’ fast expansion is mainly because India has been able to reveal that it can meet the important compliance at every amount of handling of the products and reliable offer, though contributing to the ecosystem’s sustainability.

“The energy and integrity attained all through the several years has paved the way for double digit expansion of natural and organic solutions exports. This has developed greater sector penetration of Indian natural and organic solutions in key importing nations,” Angamuthu mentioned.

A feature of Indian natural and organic solutions exports is that the US and European Union (EU) are among the key marketplaces.

“During 2020-21, our natural and organic solutions had been transported to 58 international locations with key types remaining the US, EU, United kingdom, Canada and Switzerland. Exports are at the moment confined to raw and processed agricultural solutions comprising oilmeals, oilseeds, cereals, millets, sugar, fruit pulps, purees, plantation crops, spices and medicinal plants,” he mentioned.

Unique advantage

In the natural and organic solutions sector, India enjoys a one of a kind advantage of obtaining a wide-array of climatic and geographical conditions. It has locations that are most suitable for rising various kinds of industry and horticultural crops.

According to agricultural experts, the will need for an alternate such as natural and organic solutions arose due to the fact the green revolution had led to indiscriminate use of chemical substances in pesticides and fertilisers.

Organic farming not only sustains the wellbeing of soils, ecosystems and the men and women but it combines custom, innovation and science to reward all stakeholders.

However natural and organic farming concepts are remaining followed and practised in a lot of parts of the region, the absence of certification prevented them from remaining labelled as natural and organic solutions, the Apeda Chairman mentioned.

Institutional mechanism

With demand growing for certified solutions in created nations, the Indian governing administration created an institutional mechanism, the NPOP, under the International Trade Growth Regulations Act of the Directorate Normal of International Trade.

The adoption of an organised method by means of NPOP is verified by means of a 3rd party and such solutions fetch a top quality in the international sector, Angamuthu mentioned, adding that natural and organic certification and export commenced in India mainly to cater the organised agriculture trade sectors.

“This was primarily in the plantation sector whereby products handlers had been described to assure the source of raw material. Having said that, as demand elevated for other solutions also in abroad marketplaces, certification has expanded to other agricultural crops and solutions,” he mentioned.

‘A revolution’

The NPOP has created about the several years, and it now encompasses small and marginal farmers under the certification method. A grower team certification has been introduced that allows a team of farmers to collectively get certification at an economical rate. It will help them offer ample quantities of certified solutions, the Apeda Chairman mentioned.

“A revolution has taken position in Indian natural and organic farming as certification of cultivable land has expanded to 34 States and Union Territories. Underneath NPOP, 1.36 million farmers are certified, producing India the region with the biggest variety of producers in the world,” Angamuthu mentioned.

In addition, slight forest creates such as medicinal plants, solutions like stem, flower, bark, root, bud and fruit are also certified “as natural and organic provided the selection from the forest location is accomplished without having influencing the sustainability”. Export of slight forest creates caters the requires of ayurvedic, pharmacological and beauty industries, he mentioned.

Pioneer of Tracenet

There was one particular challenge that Apeda had to meet in natural and organic solutions exports. As the location under certification elevated as also the solutions transported from the region, the authority had to assure that every consignment could be traced back to the farm.

“Thus, the software of know-how was brought into the certification as a tag and also a world wide web-based mostly traceability method, Tracenet. was launched to help observe the movement of any natural and organic products from one particular position to a different. India is the pioneer in acquiring such a traceability method for natural and organic solutions in the world.” Angamuthu mentioned.

Currently, initiatives are on to broaden the products categories for natural and organic livestock, poultry, aquaculture and apiculture. There is also demand for natural and organic animal feed in the natural and organic livestock and poultry rearing sector, he mentioned, adding that all these have been brought under NPOP.

Easing export treatments

“Several other categories such as mushroom, seaweed, aquatic plants and greenhouse crops have also been integrated in NPOP,” the Apeda Chairman mentioned.

A short while ago, processed sort of fibres has also been integrated in the certification method alongside with natural and organic cosmetics and personalized treatment solutions. The certification will be accomplished on a voluntary foundation.

But the problem is that developing a regulate method will take time in a certification method. Having said that, certification bodies that will distinct their new products categories have obtained accreditation and this has helped to export natural and organic dairy solutions to a couple places, Angamuthu mentioned.

In look at of the mandatory certification necessity for domestic trade of natural and organic solutions, farmers and those working with them have been manufactured aware of the compliance necessities, though subsequently tackling export requires.

Apeda has also undertaken initiatives to ease the procedure of natural and organic solutions exports by signing agreements with key importing nations. The EU and Switzerland have accepted NPOP as one particular that is equivalent to EU and Switzerland criteria, so aiding export of unprocessed plant solutions without having any other certification, Angamuthu mentioned.

Based on the EU approval, Indian natural and organic solutions are also permitted into Britain, submit its exit from the union.

Empowering States

As aspect of its initiatives to reduce certification charges of natural and organic solutions, Apeda has empowered State governing administration organisations to operate as certification bodies. This is based mostly on their competence and method recognized for inspection and certification as for every Global Corporation for Benchmarks (ISO) norms.

“Of the 32 certification bodies accredited under NPOP, twelve are State Govt organisations which are suitable to run anyplace in the region,” the Apeda Chairman additional.