Indian Organic Products Developing in Limited Scope for Organic Farming

Indian food articles have recently faced 19 EU border rejections from 5 to 25 January 2016—the highest fraction of total rejections—as per notifications list at the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal.3 Next to India, major EU alerts and border rejections of food articles belong to Iran (13), Turkey (10) and Egypt (8). Indian food articles for export rejected by European countries have been fruits and vegetables, nuts and nut products, seeds, herbs and spices. The higher amounts of aflatoxins, ochratoxin A and insecticides (fipronil and monocrotophos) in herbs and spices, with the additional detection of Salmonella spp. in other food articles have been the reasons for rejection of Indian food articles at EU borders.

Despite the fact that Indian export consignments are rejected in larger number in worldwide comparison at EU border, India’s preparation for organic farming— particularly in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh—is worth considering. As per the data from government laboratories (reports on vegetable, fruits and milk and other food samples collected from various retail and wholesale outlets), people might be assured that Indian agriculture is now on the ‘organic track’, because no insecticide residue was detected in 16,761 samples (81.3 %) out of 20,618 analysed samples (Express News Service 2015).

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