Center says it is unable to reclaim erroneously claimed organic rewards from certification bodies

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Although the APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) has suspended the accreditation of two certification bodies due to irregularities in certification processes and failures in issuing transaction certificates for organic products, the government is unable to falsely report the value of specified organic products quantify premium by such certification bodies.

Responding to an inquiry in the Lok Sabha as to whether APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) has canceled the accreditation of certain organic cotton certification bodies and imposed penalties on them, Union Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Anupriya Patel said the accreditation of two certification bodies had been suspended in October 2021 and January 2022, respectively, due to irregularities in certification procedures and failures in issuing transaction certificates for organic products, including cotton, under the provisions of the National Organic Farming Program (NPOP).

APEDA oversees the work of the National Accreditation Body (NAB), which is responsible for NPOP matters.

Asked if such an organic premium was wrongly claimed back to the treasury by the certification bodies and traders, the minister said: “It is not possible to claim the value of an organic premium wrongly claimed because of these irregularities and omissions to quantify The penalty imposed on certification bodies found guilty of these violations is in line with the provisions of the NPOP.”

Record cotton exports

In a separate response, Union Minister of State for Textiles Darshana Jardosh said the country had seen record cotton textile exports in April-February 2021-22.

The export of cotton textiles (including raw cotton, yarn, fabrics, ready-made clothing, etc.) increased to US$15.68 billion in April-February 2021-22 compared to US$11.12 billion for the whole of 2020-21. India exported much of the cotton textiles to Bangladesh, USA and China.

Kisan rail

In response to another inquiry, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that as of March 25, Kisan Rail’s trains had made a total of 2,190 journeys. Of these, a maximum of 1708 trips were in Maharashtra.

He said Kisan Rail trains were introduced by Indian Railways to move perishable goods, including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fisheries and dairy products, from regions of production or surplus to regions of consumption or shortage. Kisan Rail features include fast movement that ensures minimal damage during transportation; multiple goods, multiple shippers, multiple recipients, and multiple stops; and no minimum quantity that can be booked.

He said that the potential circuits for the movement of Kisan Rail services are in consultation with the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare and the Departments of Agriculture/Animal Husbandry/Fisheries of the state governments and local bodies and agencies, Mandis, etc., based on the Demand, rakes identified will be given priority to operating Kisan Rail services, he said.

iron ore

Responding to a question on iron ore exports from the country, Anupriya Patel, Union Minister of State for Trade and Industry, said India’s export of 21.94 million tonnes (mt) of iron ore in April generated foreign exchange valued at $2.69 billion (provisional ) earned through January 2021-22. Iron ore export was 57.72 million tons, bringing in foreign exchange earnings of US$4.89 billion in 2020-21.

Published on

04/06/2022

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