Central move draws flak

Fair Trade Alliance Kerala, an organisation promoting organic farming and fair trade practices, has flayed the Centre’s decision to constitute a single agency under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to certify organic produce.

The alliance said the decision would take away the rights of farmers who had been doing the certification under the Participatory Guarantee System Organic Council (PGSOC).

Leaders of the alliance said such a single agency would alienate small-scale farmers from their field, and that it was necessary to continue the traditional mode of certification by a not-for-profit organisation.