Government plans to include textiles, cosmetics in NPOP organic certification
today Nov 11, 2019
The government plans to include textiles and cosmetics in its National Programme for Organic Production certification with the aim of boosting exports.
Under the proposal, textiles, cosmetics, and ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, sidha, and homeopathy products could be eligible for NPOP certification, which would make them more attractive as exports, the Press Trust of India reported.
The chairman of the agricultural export promotional organisation APEDA, Paban K Borthakur, revealed the plan when he inaugurated the international organic trade fair Biofach India in Greater Noida on Thursday.
"NPOP, launched in 2001, is the world's largest organic certification programme,” said Borthakur at Biofach India on November 7, reported by the Press Trust of India. “As a step further, NPOP now proposes to enter into organic AYUSH products, organic textiles and organic cosmetics."
India’s NPOP certification has been recognised by the European Union and Switzerland since 2006 and India also has an agreement with the U.S. on organic produce, meaning goods do not need to be re-certified abroad after export, said Borthakur. The government will now work to expand the product categories covered by NPOP and gain recognition for the certification from more countries.
Biofach India ran from November 7 to 9 at India Exposition Mart in Greater Noider, Uttar Pradesh. The trade show is organised by NurnbergMesse India and APEDA and featured over 6,000 delegates. The event will return for its 12th edition in November 2020, according to its website.
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