India needs single nodal agency for organic standards



india certification rulesIndia needs a single nodal agency for fixing standards for organic products and a comprehensive regulation encompassing export, import and domestic markets to promote the sector and increase exports, a study carried out by a top research institute has suggested.

The paper, brought out by Delhi-based think tank ICRIER is based on a survey of companies dealing in organic products. It also stressed the importance of product traceability to ensure that items being bought by consumers are genuinely organic.

“Our survey, covering 75 companies, reveal that businesses feel that one of the main factors hindering growth of organic products is that there is no nodal government agency responsible for it. Multiple government bodies are doing piecemeal regulations which often confuses exporters,” said Arpita Mukherjee from ICRIER who co-authored the report.

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