Organic Farming Current Affairs

CCEA allows unrestricted export of all certified organic agricultural products

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved removal of all quantitative ceilings on individual organic products and allowed unrestricted exports of all organic and organic processed products.

The removal of quantitative ceilings will be irrespective of any existing or future restriction/prohibition on the export of their basic product (non-organic).

However, in respect of organic pulses and lentils, the quantitative ceiling on exports will continue but enhanced from the existing 10,000 MT per annum (MTPA) to 50,000 MTPA. in view of their acute shortage in the country.

Benefits
  • Removal of quantitative celling on wheat, non-basmati rice, organic sugar and increasing limit on export of organic pulses is expected to contribute to Government’s objective of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.
  • It will lead to reduction in input costs in farming and aid farmer in gaining premium price for organic agriculture products.
  • It will also result in increased adoption of organic agriculture by farmers and complement various Government programs like National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NSAM), Organic Value Chain Development in North Eastern Region (OVCDNER) and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) taken up to encourage organic agriculture.

Note: All organic products exports in the country are certified by Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).

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Women of India Festival 2016 of organic products inaugurated in New Delhi

The Women of India Festival 2016 of organic products was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women & Child Development in New Delhi

The 10 day festival has been organised by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development to benefit women entrepreneurs, and also actively promote organic food and products.

Key Facts

  • The Women of India Festival is intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in this economy.
  • It also seeks to encourage the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for organic producers from remote areas.
  • This year’s Festival will have 230 stalls and about 372 participants. The list includes producers from 23 states/UTs.
  • The festival will see display of large selection of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to personal care, wellness and other products.

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