The Rise in Global demand for Indian Organic Food Products

The global demand for Indian organic food products is on the rise as it rose from USD 370 million in 2016-17 to USD 515 million in the year 2017-18.

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) stated that with an increase of 39%, the total volume of exports were 458,000 tons during 2017-18 in categories with major demand such as oilseeds, sugar, fruit juice concentrates, tea, spices, pulses, dry fruits, medicinal plant products etc.

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The biggest buyers of organic products include the USA, European Union member countries and Canada while new countries including Israel, Vietnam and Mexico are also taking interest in participating. The demand constantly rose as consumers were shunning the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides as according to the officials. During the year 2017-18, 3.56 million hectares of land was registered for organic certification under national programme for Organic Production.

India showcased its strength as a oilseeds hub for organic food products at the Organic Biofach 2018 held in New Delhi from 25th to 27th October which was attended by more than 500 delegates comprising of exporters, processors, retail chain industry, certification bodies and producers from India and abroad.

Male’ city local market, Maldives

Agriculture is also one of the main sectors of the Maldives where several varieties of fruits and vegetables such as coconut, banana, breadfruit, papayas, mangoes, betel, oilseeds and sweet potatoes are produced throughout the atolls where some locations are also famous for production of certain commodities such as Alif Alif Thoddoo known for producing watermelons while Thaa Kandoodhoo has been famous for its hot chillies.

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