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India: Major growth of organic area and market expected

According to a recent report on the oneco website, a major increase of the organic area and market in India

(02/08/2012) 

India’s organic agriculture continues to flourish and more and more farms are converting to organic.

The organically farmed area is to reach 2 million hectares this year, which is 1.5 % of the total farming area (2010: 0.8 million, see corresponding pages at this website). This expansion benefits tens of thousands of small farmers, who are taking the officially adopted path supported by the state and which will end with India becoming one of the world's top organic producers.

With its natural variety of climatic zones and forms of vegetation and the marked farming tradition, India has excellent conditions for organic farming. Apart from the health and financial advantages of the organic farming method for the individual producer and his family, the long-term preservation of biodiversity and climate protection benefits nature. Many politicians and companies have recognized this and are investing in the organic sector. Many federal states create incentives for converting to organic through financial funds and grants.

Marketing is taken care of by the state export promotion organization APEDA, the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), who is a co-organizer of BioFach India trade fair together with India Organic, and others.

Indian organic market sales are expected to grow to the equivalent of 690 million US dollars this year. This is almost four times as much as the total market volume of 180 million US dollars in 2010.

Source: oeneco.BioFach.de: BioFach India - BioFach India together with India Organic 2012: India to continue rapid expansion of organic sector   

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