Loss of Rs. 2,500 Crore Faced by Indian Exchequer Attributed to Bogus Organic Farming Claims


Published Date : Mar 17, 2015

Though a majority of people think organic farming involves no chemical based fertilizers and pesticides, an investigation conducted by the Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI), which is an apex association of the Indian Industry of Agrochemical has proved otherwise. According to CCFI this advances the cause of Indian farmers via better crop protection strategies. It has unveiled the opposite facts according to the association.

This information was sourced by CCFI under the RTI or Rights to Information Act which has established that a majority of farms which claim to be organic do not utilize chemical pesticides regularly to protect their crops. But, they market and sell their produce claiming it as 100% organic. According to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), these findings were unearthed about pesticide residues in organic vegetables. According to IARI, around 33% of the organic products which were sold in Delhi during the past two years included pesticides.

On the contrary, the common vegetables which tested positive at the lab of IARI for pesticides residues comprised of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Even though, the maximum residue limit or MRL is completely irrelevant to organic vegetables, this was a shocking discovery shown by the IARI study that many vegetable claiming to be organic carried pesticide residues which were far above the maximum residue limit.

The IARI study evaluated 93,120 samples of conventional food around the country which showed that the residue amount was only 1.5%. While the pesticide residue which appeared in U.K. produce was 3% and for German produce was 4%. Since, 3.1% samples had pesticide residue, the government of U.K. was quite happy that they have declared that the conventional vegetables and fruits are safe in the U.K.