Minimum Requirements for Certification-Inspection for Organic Farming:
- No use of any Synthetic Chemicals (Such as Fertilisers, Pesticides, Food Additives and so on…),
- Farmland to have been free from any chemical use for a Number of years (Usually 3+),
- An Excel Sheet detailing Production & Sales Record for a Number of Past Years,
- Periodic On-Site Inspections (Usually 3+),
- If any Value Added Certification is done by ‘Other Certification Bodies’, they have to meet the ‘National Government’s Minimum Requirements’.
As an (or would be) Organic farmers, I/We are required to do Following:
- Study: About Organic Farming, Storing final harvested crop, transportation of same & so on…
- Compliance with legal/acceptable standards for Organic Farming,
- Documentation: Such as Farm History, Soil & Water Teste etc.
- The Organic Farming Plan: Procurement of Seeds, Fertilisers used, Pest-Weed Control, Harvesting, Storing…
- Inspection: For a number of years (Three Years) & The Surveyor may also ask questions!
- Learn how to keep records meticulously – Computer Data Management.
Please note that a farm which has already been doing organic farming for some time may be certified without any delay…
The controlling body in India for Organic Certification is APEDA – Agricultural Processed Foods Export Development Authority.
|The Indian Government
Ministry of Commerce & Industry Ministry of Agriculture
National Steering Committee
National Accreditation Body
Certification & Inspection Agencies
Farmers Operators Processors