Organic Certification: Consultants in SRI LANKA
Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants.
Organic is an environmental friendly culturally sensitive agricultural system that maintains efficient management systems. Organic regulations are formulated based on guidelines or basic standards provided by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and Codex Alimentarius.
Presently, there are eight international certification agencies operating in the country as external inspectors or/and certification bodies.
Presently, there are seven international certification agencies operating in the country, as external inspection or/and certification bodies as listed below:
- Control Union (SKAL, Netherlands)
- Institute for Market Ecology – IMO, Switzerland
- NASAA, Australia
- Naturland, Germany
- EcoCert, Germany
- Demeter and BioSuisse, Switzerland
- Organic Farmers and Growers Ltd, United Kingdom
The Sri Lankan export development board (EDB) is setting up an independent body to obtain the 3rd country registration in Europe.
- It will govern the Organic sector in Sri Lanka.
- Register Sri Lanka in the 3rd country list of European Union.
- Helps in penetrating European markets for Sri Lankan organic produce.
- Reduce the cost of organic certification in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is considered the pioneer in the Asian region to introduce organically certified tea & cinnamon to the world market.
Sri Lanka export development board (EDB) has initiated actions to establish the National Organic Control unit (NOCU) as per the regulation published under the section 29 of the export development act.
- Increase global demand for the new market.
- Premium prices can be fetched in the export market.
- Increase in the farmer income by more than 30%.
- Value addition is achieved.
- Eco-friendly and beneficial to health.
- Spices – Cinnamon, Pepper, Cardamom, Cloves, Nutmeg
- Fruits – Pineapple, Papaya, Banana, Lime, Mango.
- Others – Tea, Coffee, Cocoa, Rice, Cashew, Essential oil extracts, Medicinal Herbs etc.
- Indigenous knowledge/management practised contributes to sustainable agriculture.
- Minimal impact on the environment.
- Diverse climate condition in the island enables cultivation from tropical to temperate climatic conditions.
- Flexible operations.
- Skilled labour developed during organic production.
- Compliances with the international standard.