Organic Farming Certification
What is it?
Organic Certification is the process of certifying producer who produces organic agricultural products and organic foods. The Organic Certification certifies the producers like seed suppliers, farmers, food processor, restaurants, and retail shops.
Who does it?
Certification is done by either government or private body depending upon the country. In Nepal, there are various private organizations that provide Organic Certification.
What are the Standards?
In general certification, is guided by certain standards which involve process of growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping. Other important factors taken into considered for organic certification are:
- Avoid using human sewage sludge fertilizer used in cultivation of plant and feeding animals
- Avoid using synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives), genetically modified organisms, irradiation
- Use of farmland for cultivation that is free from synthetic chemicals for more than three years
- Maintaining records of production and sales (audits) in written form
- Periodic on-site inspections and supervisions
- Maintaining physical separation between organic products from other non-organic products during the process of growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping
Why do we need?
- Organic certification addresses the consumers’ rights to consume the best quality organic products and to prevent malpractices and frauds and thus promote healthy business of organic products.
- Certification of organic products is similar to what we see Nepal Standard Mark while buying any products in market, which ensures that the product we buy or consume is healthy and hygienic.
- Certification with Organic mark will differentiate Organic products from conventionally produced product.