Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development (APEDA) declared that exports of organic food produce stood at Rs 5151 crore as against Rs 3,453 crore in 2017-18.
The export volume in 2018-19 was 6.14 million tonnes.
The organic food exports from India increased by 50% to INR 5,151 crore in FY 2018-19.
India produced 2.67 million tonnes of certified organic products which include oilseeds, rice, sugar cane, cereals and millets, pulses, fruits, spices, vegetables, dry fruits, tea, and coffee. Moreover, India produced organic cotton fiber. Domestic demand for agricultural organic produce is around Rs 2500 crore.
In addition, India witnessed a two fold increase in demand is accounted for chemical and pesticide-free produce.
The total area under the cultivation of organic farming as registered with the National Programme for Organic Production on 31st March 2019 was 3.56 million hectares. This includes a 1.94 million cultivable area and 1.49 million hectares for the collection of wild harvest.
The most demanded organic food products include soybean, sesame, flax seeds, pigeon pea, red gram, tea, and some medicinal plants.
Madhya Pradesh is on the top of the list with the largest area under the cultivation of certified organic farming. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh also followed it.
The demand for India’s organic agricultural products is about Rs 8500 crore out of which 60% is international.
The increasing demand for organic products can change the Indian Agriculture scenario with proper training to farmers.
The NPOP certification has also increased India’s credibility in international trade for organic products.