Freshly harvested farm produce like spices, fruits, vegetables, pulses, edible flowers, grains can be certified as per the organic standards, set by each country. All over the world, standards are developed by different countries for organic farming to monitor and control organic trade. The choice of the most appropriate organic certification standard depends mainly on the final market of the organic product. The farm produce must be certified based on those standards required by the importing countries to market them as “organic".
LACON provides organic crop production certification as per following standards:
Wild collection certification is required whenever wild products are to be marketed as organic. Wild products are derived from a self-sustainable growing environment.
Basic principles of wild collection
1) Only naturally grown plants (without any agricultural interventions)
2) Clearly defined collection area
3) The collection area must not have been treated with any non-allowed inputs
4) A good map is needed, it should contain the outer boarders of the collecting area
5) Sustainable Collection: Collection does not endanger the ecosystem and that the stability of the plant population, or the ecosystem is not threatened
6) A systematic record of all activities from the collection area to the marketing of the product should be kept for the full traceability
7) There is no conversion period as long as the requirements for the organic wild collection are met.
Processing certification is necessary whenever an organic product is processed in one way or other, and needs to be labeled for marketing as organic. The processing may be an operation, as simple as sun drying or it may be as complicated as in the case of a multi-ingredient food product that undergoes different stages of processing before it becomes the finished product.
If a farmer is doing simple processing (sun drying, grading, sorting) with his own certified raw materials at his own farm, it can be considered as on-farm processing. But if the processing is done at an outside processing unit/adding other ingredients to his certified produce, or processing other 'non certified produce' at his own processing unit, it is referred as off-farm processing. Both on-farm and off-farm processing must be subjected to inspection by the certification body, in order to be labeled and marketed as "organic".
All consignments of organic products which have to be exported should get a trade scope certificate.The choice of the most appropriate organic certification standard depends mainly on the final market of the organic product.
LACON provides organic Processing/Trade certification as per following standards:
1) National standards for organic production (NPOP), Govt. of Indiap>
2) European Union regulations for organic production rules equivalent to EC.No.834/2007
3) United States organic standards USDA NOP (National Organic Program).
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