Organic Food Segment is an Important Area : Sunil Barthwal , Commerce Secy


India is known for its wisdom in traditional agriculture which is basically organic in nature. With the more increasing demand in organic food in nationals well as international market,it is mostly necessary to do certification completely organic. India is the pioneer for largest cultivated area under the organic certification process.So, to fulfil all the demand of certification process, the National Programme for Organic Production –NPOP is the foremost initiative by Govt of India under Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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There is a huge potential to increase exports of organic agri products as the global market stood at about USD 135 billion and India’s shipments are only over USD 700 million, a top government official said on Thursday. Commerce Secretary Sunil Barthwal said that the industry should also work on improving the quality and standards of these products.

“Organic food segment is an important area. The world market is about USD 135 billion and India’s share is USD 700 , so there is a huge potential in this… We are focusing on the sector,” Barthwal said here while inaugurating a fair of organic products – BIOFAC INDIA at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. It was organised by APEDA.
The secretary urged the industry to promote the logo of India organic as it would help in promoting the credibility of the products in the international market.

He added that there are several goods which India is producing organically like avocado and passion fruit and there is a need to increase awareness about these domestically-produced products

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