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Date: 25/01/2023

India’s export of organic products down

India’s export of organic products has dropped by 39 per cent every quarter and the number of certified companies authorising such shipments has dipped by 63 per cent since July 2022, said the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The decline follows its decision to end a 15-year-old agreement with India’s APEDA to provide accreditation to agencies certifying exports of organic products to the US. Pointing to the end of the agreement with APEDA in January 2021, the USDA said its Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) ended it since audits by US National Organic Program (NOP) consistently found India’s organic control system to be insufficient to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal, as per a report.
 
Source: Exim News Service: Washington/New Delhi, Jan. 24