The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) is planning to sell organic food products via e-commerce sites at reasonable prices. Sanjeev Chadha, executive director, NAFED, stated that the decision for this plan is in final stages. He also added, “The agricultural trading agency has got the in-principle nod in this regard, and talks with the e-commerce sites have commenced.”
The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Vikas Yojana will support this plan, under which farmers will be guided to form farmer producer organisations (FPOs) and will be provided with the requisite aid and assistance.
NAFED is aiming to sell the organic products of its associates, in particular the smaller farmers. As per the forecast, in the coming five years, the Indian domestic food market is expected to grow about 25 percent.
FSSAI has released a set of standards for organic food regulations in 2017, pertaining not only to additives, contaminants, toxins and residues, but also to labelling and packaging, among others.
The foods that claim to be organic must comply with – National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP); Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS) or any other system notified by the country’s apex food regulator.
Sikkim has been declared India’s first organic state. Whereas other states such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are also emphasizing on organic farming.