India is a top exporter of organic products globally, but it’s reputation has been tainted by malpractices like sale of inorganic products touted as organic. This information was based on the recent study by the Delhi-based Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
The ICRIER report, titled ‘Organic Farming in India: Status, Issues and Way Forward’, points out that in absence of clear guidelines by FSSAI, the organic sector has been mired by fraudulence and malpractice, and a lack of a framework to punish offences is making things all the more difficult.
The report supported a uniform standard for the domestic market, and also wants a single nodal agency and stringent punishment to address these issues affecting the sector. It also said that the organic market in India could grow at 20 per cent in the next five years if the problems were addressed.