October 28, 2008


India produces world's first organic scampi harvest


Producers are eagerly awaiting the world's first organic scampi harvest, due on November 1 in India's Kerala Alappuzha district.


This unique project is being implemented with the assistance of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland, reports Business Line.


According to Business Line, extensive use of chemicals and pesticides in conventional food production technology has been attracting health conscious people of developed countries to explore and support organic farming methods in agriculture and aquaculture.


The Indian project for organic black tiger and scampi was initiated to pursue the huge market potential of selling aquaculture products in the European markets.


Business Line reports that the Indian Organic Aquaculture Project was first initiated in January 2007 in the maritime States of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala with technical consultancy from M/s Blueyou.


Certification is needed for selling organic products across the world and Naturland of Germany has been chosen as the certifying agency and Indocert in Kerala is the inspection body for the project.

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