Organic Certification Requirements & Steps:
1. Organic Certification does not mean that certification of organic crops but the whole steps involved which take two or three years of conversion period for changing a conventional farm to organic farm. Further this does not mean that this is the certification of produce but the whole process involving land, different parameters like seed, fertilizer weed, disease, pest, storage, transportation, sale of produce and their management and documentation, record keeping as per norms. The certification keeps the traceability right from the production to sale of end product in the market to assure the organic integrity of produce.
2. RSOCA conducts field audit at different stages of crop to verify the production, storage, processing in accordance to norms. In case it is found that the said farm is meeting the prescribed standards; the said field is assigned organic status and the produce of that field automatically becomes organic and certificate to that effect is issued by RSOCA.
3. Once the certificate is issued the demand of this product in the domestic/ international market increases due to its organic status. The farmer will get higher price to his produce in the market in comparison to conventional produce. The field of the farmer attains totally organic status after a definite period. This period is known as conversion period. As per NPOP norms the conversion period for annual crops is 2 yrs where as for perennial crops this is 3 yrs. The area where chemicals are not used for the last many year and the farmer or farmer group is able to produce strong reliable documentary evidence to this effect and satisfies the certification body. In that case CB can reduce the conversion period accordingly.
4. The certification process is a continuous process and after definite conversion period of 2 or 3 yrs whatever the case it may be, the farmer’s field attains the organic status further renewal of registration every year is compulsory even after organic status is granted. Failing which the said field is not meeting the NPOP Standards the field will loose its organic status and will be reverted back to conventional status.
5. The farmer who is in practice of organic farming for the past years, further interested and committed to continue organic farming practices with proper documentation in farm diary and totally stopped use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides for crop management and made alternate arrangement for soil fertility (pit/vermin compost) & natural herbal spray prepared using locally available herbs, shrubs, medicinal plants and their products in cow urine can apply for organic farming.
Steps of Certification:
1. Application with all required documents
2. Verification of application
4. Site audit – preparation of audit report
5. Evaluation of audit report
6. Compliance / Non-Compliance report
7. Conveying NC report to operators for corrective action
8. Recommendation of Certification Committee
9. Issue of Scope certificate
10. Issue of Transaction Certificate if required.