Organic Farming Current Affairs

India hosts 19th Organic World Congress – 2017

The 19th edition of Organic World Congress (OWC- 2017) was held at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida from November 9-11, 2017. It was inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. It was organised by International Federation of Organic Farming Movements (IFOAM) and OAFI.

Its goal was to move from organic India to the organic world.  In the event 55 seeds group from 15 Indian states showcased 4,000 varieties of seeds. It saw participation of 1,400 representatives from 110 countries and 2000 delegates from India. ‎One of highlights of the event was exhibition of carefully preserved diverse indigenous seed varieties over generations.

Organic World Congress (OWC)

The Organic World Congress (OWC) is organized once every three years in a different country and this time it is being organised in India. It provides an unique opportunity to share experiences, innovations and knowledge about organics. The last edition was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2014.

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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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