Oct 20, 2018
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), a constitutional body of the Ministry of Commerce, GoI, will be displaying India’s power as major center for organic food products, ingredients, commodities and processed food. This strength will be showcased with an organic theme at Biofach India 2018, one of India’s leading trade fair for organic food, which will be staged in Hall number 7, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, 25th-27th Oct, 2018.
Co-organised by NurnbergMesse India, Biofach India 2018, the largest event based on the organic food and agriculture sectors in India, is going to witness a massive footfall and exhibitors.
Expectation of over 500 delegates, comprising of exporters, processors, the retail chain industry, certification bodies and producers from India and overseas, will be participating in Biofach 2018, the trade fair and exhibition will focus on Indian organic products, tea, spices, honey, basmati rice, coffee, cereals, dry fruits, vegetables, processed foods and medicinal plants.
The demand for organic agricultural products produced is rising constantly and gaining popularity worldwide as organic products are grown without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Among all the states, Madhya Pradesh has covered largest area under organic agriculture seconded by Rajasthan and followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. In 2016, Sikkim had achieved a remarkable credit of converting its entire agricultural farms by bring it under organic certification.
India has produced around 1.70 million MT (2017-18) of certified organic products which includes oilseeds, cereals and millets, sugarcane, cotton, pulses, medicinal plants, tea, fruits, spices, dry fruits, vegetables, coffee, etc.
India exported organic products worth Rs 34 billion (over $515 million) in 2017-18, from Rs 24.77 billion in 2016-17. There is a growing demand for organic products from Canada, Taiwan and South Korea. Germany is one of the biggest importers of Indian organic products. Gradually some new countries are also taking interest.
The major demands under the organic product category are for flax seeds, sesame and soybean; pulses such as arhar (legumes) and chana (chick/ pigeon pea), and rice, along with tea and medicinal plants. The United States and EU member countries are the biggest importers of organic products from India.