Certification bottleneck stifles India’s organic food exports
Bidhu Bhushan Palo
Without simplification of certification procedures, exemption of export ban may end up as a lip service to a sector that is rapidly growing in both domestic and international markets
Despite favourable climatic conditions and a heritage of organic farming, India’s performance in the organic food export sector remains dismal.
According to government estimates, the area under organic certification in India stands at around 4.72 million hectare, which is 2.6% of the total agricultural land of around 182 million hectare in the country. India’s organic food exports account for a mere $224 million, which is about 0.35% of the $64 billion worth global organic food market.