JKTPO organises organic certification prog for saffron growers of Pulwama
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organisation (JKTPO) today organised a National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) awareness drive for organic certification of Saffron, GI tagged and ODOP products of Pulwama district in collaboration with Invest India (One District One Product) team, DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry at Sanat Ghar Bemina, here.
The workshop was organised with a vision to provide training and certification to farmers who are already pursuing organic farming but do not have the necessary certification for their products’ authenticity.
JKTPO has taken many initiatives for the promotion of ODOP in Jammu and Kashmir. This includes the conduction of Buyer-Seller meets, participation in national and international trade fairs/Exhibitions, and Capacity building programs. This drive will increase the export potential of saffron as organic certified products have a huge international market.
As part of the capacity building initiative by the ODOP team, Invest India, DPIIT, GoI, organised Organic Certification training and workshop for Saffron farmers, as many such workshops are to be conducted across the country where the farmers will be provided the training for organic certification and eligible farmers will be registered under National Programme on Organic Production.
The National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Government of India involves accreditation of Certification Bodies, standards for organic production, promotion of organic farming and marketing, etc.
The NPOP standards for production and accreditation have been recognized by the European Commission and Switzerland for unprocessed plant products as equivalent to their country’s standards. With these recognitions, Indian organic products duly certified by the accredited certification bodies of India are accepted by the importing countries.