Government of Jammu & Kashmir
Department of Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare J&K
* Reduces Exposure to Pesticides and Chemicals.
* Builds Healthy Soil.
* Fighting the Effects of Global Warming.
* Supports Water Conservation and Water Health.
* Discouraging Algal Blooms.
* Supporting Animal Health and Welfare.
* Encourages Biodiversity.
* Combatting Erosion.
Designed to respect nature and to enhance the health of soils, water and air, organic farming is leading the way on sustainability.
Organic farmers are encouraged to ‘close the loop' on their farms, making use of what’s to hand and limiting the use of imported resources.
Organic farming lowers the risk of environmental pollution and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by severely restricting the use of manufactured chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which come from burning fossil fuels.
Instead, organic farmers must use build fertile soils naturally, using compost and manure (often sourced from their own farm or local herds), and rotate their crops to keep soils healthy.
Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are also responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
You might be asking yourself if organic food is safer than conventional products.
Organic farming joins the dots between our own health and the health of our planet, our animals and our wildlife:
Fewer additives and preservatives
No GM ingredients
Reduced use of antibiotics
More resilient farms
Nutritionally different food
Eating organic food means supporting a way of farming that works for people long into the future – from farmers out in the fields to those tucking in at home.
Applicant shall first contact directly through e-mail/ postal letter to Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir and request for application form for the required scope of certification or may download an application from the website of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency.
The applicant have to submit his/ her application form at office of the J&K Organic Certification Agency Lalmandi Srinagar Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir shall acknowledge the receipt of the application form. During screening, if it is found that the application is incomplete, the applicant shall be requested to provide necessary and missing documents for registration.
After receipt of the application, the management of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir shall screen and check the completeness of the application.
If the application is found appropriate, then Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir shall assign a registration number to the operator in a prescribed format & fee estimate and contract form between Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir & the Organic farmer/ Group of farmers/ FPO’s shall be provided to the operator.
Applicant will have to deposit 100% of the certification fees either in Cash or by Demand Draft in favor of CEO Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir within 30 days of the signed contract to Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir in which they agree to comply with the NPOP standards, allow inspection and provide updated information to Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir.
**Registration fee is non-refunded.
** If an applicant withdraws his/her application for certification prior to more than fifteen days of the proposed date of inspection, the applicant shall be refunded the deposited fee after deducting the 10% amount of the fee submitted.
**If the applicant withdraws application of certification prior to less than fifteen days and more than three days of the proposed date of inspection, he/she will be refunded the deposited fee after deducting 25% amount.
I. Each applicant shall be contacted before inspection in order to conduct the inspection visit in a timely manner. This does not apply to unannounced on-site visits. The duration of inspection visits may vary depending on the size and complexity of the operation.
II. The inspection shall be carried out only in the presence of operator or the responsible person who should accompany the assigned inspector.
III. The inspection shall cover entire chain of custody of the production system managed by the operator. It will include organic as well as conventional production carried out by producer before registration.
IV. After completing inspection and filling inspection checklist, Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir inspector shall give a copy of inspection checklist to the operator. The inspection checklist shall be signed and dated by the inspector as well as by the operator.
V. Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency Kashmir inspector shall make his / her observations regarding the type of non compliances found and tell operator about the relevant provisions in NPOP. Inspector will ask the operator to rectify the non compliances.
vi. The frequency of scheduled inspections can be increased or decreased on the basis of operator’s performance or degree of compliance with the applicable standards. The frequency and type of inspections are based on the anticipated risk with respect to the individual operators (size and type of operation), intensity of production, outcome of previous inspection and operator's record of compliances and complaints received by Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir. The risk analysis shall take into account all relevant threats to the organic integrity of the production system.
i. Certification decision shall be taken up by the certification committee of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir in compliance with the NPOP standards on the basis of inspection report and evaluation report.
ii. All the certification decisions shall be taken in an objective, impartial and transparent way by the certification committee and shall be properly recorded in the concerned file of the operator.
iii. The certification decision shall be communicated to the operator along with nonconformities, if any, that have to be rectified in order to comply with the certification requirements and the extent of further evaluation or testing required.
iv. The Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir shall have the right to impose conditions. Where conditions require corrective actions subsequent to certification, time limit shall be imposed.
A. Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir shall have policy for dealing with complaints and disputes which may relate to criticism of an operator certified by Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir or other subject.
B. The complainant may lodge his / her complaint to Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir on the official website or by letter with evidence that supports the allegations or non-compliances with applicable standards. The complainant shall be informed of the general outcome of the complaint in a way which does not prejudice the confidentiality of the party concerned
i. It is Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir policy to provide applicants with an opportunity of formal appeal against certification decision of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir with which they disagree. An applicant, who is dissatisfied with the certification decision, can appeal to the Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir in writing with supporting documents like inspection checklist, notification of non-compliances, copy of certification decision and the evidence against the decision. The appeals committee of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir will consider the matter by carefully examining the certification procedures undertaken by the operator and compliance of the operator with the applicable standards i.e. NPOP standards in objective and impartial way. All the decisions taken by the Appeal Committee shall be final.
ii. The appeal shall be decided within thirty days from the date of acknowledgement of appeal. However applicants may also submit formal appeal to APEDA against the decisions of Appeal Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Organic Certification Agency, Kashmir.
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