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‘Large Area Certification’ scheme

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‘Large Area Certification’ scheme:


Context:

14,491 ha area of UT of A&N Islands has become the first large contiguous territory to be conferred with organic certification under ‘Large Area Certification’ scheme.

About the ‘Large Area Certification’ scheme:

  • Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare under its flagship scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) has launched this unique quick certification programme to harness these potential areas.
  • Under LAC, each village in the area is considered as one cluster/group.
  • All farmers with their farmland and livestock need to adhere to the standard requirements and on being verified get certified en-mass without the need to go under conversion period.
  • Certification is renewed on annual basis through annual verification by a process of peer appraisals as per the process of PGS-India.

Benefits of LAC:

  1. As per the established norm of organic production systems, the areas having chemical input usage history are required to undergo a transition period of minimum 2-3 years to qualify as organic.
  2. During this period, farmers need to adopt standard organic agriculture practices and keep their farms under the certification process.
  3. On successful completion, such farms can be certified as organic after 2-3 years. The certification process also requires elaborate documentation and time to time verification by the certification authorities.
  4. Whereas under LAC requirements are simple and the area can be certified almost immediately.

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Sources: PIB.