India push for organic food exports.
INDIA will strongly promote the export of organic food items to
European Union (EU), United States, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea,
the country's Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export
Development Authority (APEDA) has announced. It wants to double exports
from their current level of US$100 million in 2008. About 380,000 Indian
farmers annually produce 400,000 tons of certified organic products that
include cereals, rice, pulses, honey, tea, spices, coffee, oil seeds,
fruits and processed foods. APEDA said it would intensify training
programmes for producers and government officials. It will also create
four new agencies to certify organic standards, to work with the
existing 16 certification bodies across the country.