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‘Revamp accreditation course of for natural certification corporations’


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The Indian authorities ought to revamp the method of offering accreditation to new natural certification corporations and perform an intensive probe of those corporations, a Chennai-based public curiosity and repair belief has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Till the method is revamped, the Agricultural and Processed Meals Merchandise Authority (APEDA), which supervises exports of natural merchandise, mustn’t give accreditation to any firm, Sree Sree Sree Swami Vivekananda Belief (SSVT), which has been lively within the area of training and surroundings for over a decade now, mentioned in a letter to Modi. 

In a separate letter, it has urged the Prime Minister to conduct an intensive investigation, together with a CAG audit, on the acquisition of standard cotton by merchants from agricultural produce advertising committee (APMC) yards and terming them as “natural”. 

APEDA actions

In line with the SSVT, the Nationwide Programme on Natural Manufacturing (NPOP) is over 20 years previous and plenty of adjustments have occurred throughout this era. 

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“There are instances the place an individual had launched a certification firm offered it to a different particular person and began a brand new one. Now, each of them are closed and the entire episode is a sham,” mentioned a commerce supply working in natural manufacturing, with out wishing to determine. The supply was justifying the necessity for a revamp of the accreditation course of. 

Mentioning to APEDA taking motion in opposition to almost ten certification corporations for not following the rules, SSVT mentioned the revamp was essential to uphold the integrity and model of Indian natural merchandise. 

Within the case of APEDA taking motion, it has suspended or terminated the accreditation of those organisations, most of them based mostly overseas, because the European Fee discovered among the Indian natural merchandise not conforming to the stipulated requirements.

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The European Union rejected tons of of natural consignments over the past couple of years. 

‘Test backgrounds’

“If the process shouldn’t be strengthened by a revamp, there is no such thing as a assure that such indicents won’t recur,” the organisation mentioned, justifying its request to the Prime Minister. 

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Stating that the businesses suspended or terminated by APEDA had received the accreditation after due scrutiny, SVTT known as for extra rigorous examine of the background of these selling these corporations. 

Two corporations that APEDA suspended, had been discovered to have widespread promoters. “Natural certification is a public service or social entrepreneurship and never one thing that’s profit-oriented. The worrying truth is that unscrupulous parts are making use of for accreditation,” it mentioned.  

Revamping the accreditation course of is important since any lacunae give western nations a deal with in negotiating any commerce cope with India. “We should not maintain talks with some drawback on our aspect,” the commerce supply mentioned. 

Natural cotton rip-off

The supply mentioned the Centre must also guard in opposition to corporations working with natural farmers getting accredited as certification our bodies. “There might be a conflict of curiosity if such organisations get accreditation. We lately noticed episodes by which cotton growers weren’t conscious of the truth that they’re members of an natural group. Such issues will turn out to be frequent,” the supply mentioned. 

On merchants buying standard cotton from APMC yards and claiming it to be natural, the organisation mentioned “strict motion needs to be taken” in opposition to these merchants indulging in such “irregularities”. 

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Mentioning on the information shared within the Lok Sabha that confirmed natural cotton acreage and manufacturing greater than doubling between 2019 and 2021, SSVT mentioned the rise was “abormal. 

“Cotton bought in APMC yards has been mislabeled as natural cotton and that is in opposition to the curiosity of natural cotton growers, who’ve been illegally disadvantaged of a better earnings, estimated at ₹7,000 crore,” it mentioned. 

APEDA’s TRACENET system, mandi information, money movement and transportation particulars will present the precise quantum of loss to farmers, SVTT mentioned.

Referring to the decade-old TRACENET system, the organisation known as for updating it with the most recent expertise. 


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