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State’s organic farmers unwilling to seek certificate

DNAHM124484 | 11/8/2018 | Author : Smitha R | WC :269 | Business & Economy



 

Ahmedabad: Lengthy documentation and increased cost of getting the certification has prevented several farmers from getting the organic tag certificate for their produce. It should be noted that the certification is not mandatory for small organic farmers or organisations whose turnover is less than Rs 12 lakh per annum. But those whose turnover is beyond Rs 12 lakh per annum cannot use the tag “organic” without certification.
At the fourth Kisan Swaraj Sammelan, Kavitha Kuruganti from the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) proposed the need to do away with certification for farmers who sell directly to customers without intermediaries. “This turnover ceiling limits the marketing potential of orga
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