Demand for healthy food boosts India’s organic exports

NEW DELHI — Exports of organic products from India have risen over 20 percent in the fiscal just ended owing to the “growing global appetite for healthy food” that is free from chemical and pesticide residues. This is also a leg-up for the government’s plans to expand the area under eco-friendly and sustainable farming, stakeholders say.

As per the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, India exported organic products worth Rs. 30 billion (over $440 million) in 2017-18, from Rs. 24.77 billion in 2016-17.