New Delhi, Jan 11 (IEBusiness) The newly-introduced Agriculture Export Policy provides an assurance that no restrictions will be placed on export of organic products.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an autonomous organisation under the administrative control of Department of Commerce, has been mandated with the export promotion of organic products.
APEDA provides assistance to the exporters of organic products under various components of its export promotion scheme.
Ministry of Commerce & Industry has implemented the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) since 2001, official sources said.
The programme seeks to provide the means of evaluation of certification programme for organic agriculture and products (including wild harvest, aquaculture, livestock products) as per the approved criteria and accredit certification programmes of Certification Bodies seeking accreditation.
The NPOP also facilitates certification of organic products in conformity with the prescribed standards and certification of organic products in conformity with the importing countries organic standards as per equivalence agreement between the two countries or as per importing country requirements.
It also encourages the development of organic farming and organic processing.
Currently, 29 Certification Bodies are accredited for carrying out inspection and certification for process certification of organic products for exports from the country.
The promotion of exports of organic products is a continuous process.