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Organic Agriculture in Asia 2009 (data 2007)

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The total organic area in Asia was nearly 2.9 million hectares in 2007. This constitutes nine percent of the world’s organic agricultural land. 230’000 producers were reported.

The leading countries are China (1.6 million hectares) and India (1 million hectares). It should be noted that in addition to China's organic agricultural land there a further 0.4 million hectares are certified aquaculture areas.

The highest shares of organic land of all agricultural land are in Timor Leste (seven percent).

Organic wild collection areas play a major role in India and China. Production of final processed products is growing, although a majority of production is still fresh produce and field crops with low value-added processing, such as dry or processed raw ingredients.

Aquaculture (shrimp and fish) on the other hand, is emerging in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Textiles is another important trend.

Standards and legislation

Nine organic regulations are in place. In seven countries work on national standards and regulations is in progress.

Market

Sector growth is now also driven by imports, and local markets have taken off in many of the big cities in the South and Eastern part of region besides Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jakarta, Delhi, Bangalore and other cities are increasing internal consumption of organic products.

More information

Fore more information see the 2009 edition of The World of Organic Agriculture

The World of Organic Agriculture 2009