FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is meant by Organic Certification?

Organic Certification is a Certification process for producers of Organic Agricultural Products and generally involve a set of production standards for growing storage, processing, packaging and shipping for which a written assurance is given by a Certification body.

2. What is meant by Organic farming?

Organic farming is a production system, which avoids the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, livestock feed additives and genetically modified organisms. It is the key to the sound development for a sustainable environment. It minimizes environmental pollution and the use of non renewable natural resources. It also conserves soil fertility and soil erosion.

3. Who should be contacted to get Organic Certification?

Persons desiring to get Organic Certification should contact.

The Director of Organic Certification,
1424.A. Thadagam Salai, G.C.T. Post,
Coimbatore. 641 013. Tamil Nadu
Phone Number – 0422 2435080
e.mail. tnocdcbe@gmail.com
Web: www.tnocd.net

4. How should a person apply for Organic Certification?

A person desiring to get Organic Certification shall send the following:

1. Application form,
2. General Information of the farm,
3. Farm Map,
4. Water and Soil Test Reports,
5. Annual Cropping plan,
6. Agreement with TNOCD.
7. PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card copy

Along with required fee. With all the above the application should be sent to the Director of Organic Certification, Coimbatore.

5. What is meant by Group Certification?

Association of farm producers operating under a geographical proximity with identical thinking can form a group. The Certification shall be granted to the group with reference to the standards adopted by the group.

6. What is meant by Scope Certificate?

Scope Certificate is the Certificate issued for the Organic operation which complies to the standards after the completion of stipulated conversion period. It also indicates that all that is produced from the registered unit (Farm) which is eligible for Organic Certification.

7. What is meant by Transaction Certificate?

Transaction certificate is issued to the specified lot of goods (or) Consignment which have been derived from production and/ or processing system that has been certified. This certificate shall be essential for export of Organic products.

8. What is the requirement of conversion period for Organic Certification?

The period between the date of registration and Certification Process is known as the conversion period. Generally for annual or seasonal crops it is 2 years and for perennial crop it is 3 years.

9. What is the award announced by the State Government to encourage farmers practicing Organic paddy cultivation?

The State Government has announced a cash award of Rs. 50000/- as First Prize, Rs.25000/- as Second Prize and Rs. 10000/- as Third Prize for the TamilNadu Organic Certification Department registered Organic farmers who obtained the highest productivity through Organic cultivation of paddy by conducting State level crop yield competitions.

  • 10. What is fee structure for Organic crop Production?

    Details given below.

    Fee structure
    Fee structure per farm unit of a farmer
    Item Certification only on NPOP
    (In Rupees)
    Certification on Foreign Standards
    (In Rupees)
    Remarks
    Registration fee 500 for small and marginal farmers
    1000 for other farmers
    5000/- Annual renewal fee 25% of the registration fee
    Fee for Inspection and Certification 1000/ day 1200/day For preparation, Inspection and certification work.
    Fee for travel time 200/day 200/day -
    Travel Expenses Actual Actual For travel, food and accommodation when applicable.
    Fee for scope certificate 1000/- 1500/- --
    Fee for Transaction certificate, if required 500/- 1000/- -
    Chemical analysis, if required Actual cost Actual cost Soil samples, water, leaf samples and product sample.

    B. Fee structure for Group of farmers
    Item Certification only on NPOP
    (In Rupees)
    Certification on Foreign Standards
    (In Rupees)
    Remarks
    Registration fee 5000/- 5000/- Annual renewal fee 25% of the registration fee
    Fee for Inspection and certification 1000/ day 1200/day For preparation, Inspection and certification work.
    Fee for travel time 200/day 200/day -
    Travel Expenses Actual Actual For travel, food and accommodation when applicable.
    Fee for scope certificate 1000/- 1500/- --
    Fee for Transaction certificate, if required 500/- 1000/- -
    Chemical analysis, if required Actual cost Actual cost Soil samples, water, leaf samples and product sample.

     

    C. Fee structure per farm unit of Corporate / Business Categories
    Item Certification only on NPOP
    (In Rupees)
    Certification on Foreign Standards
    (in Rupees)
    Remarks
    Registration fee 5000/- 25000/- Annual renewal fee 25% of the Registration fee
    Fee for Inspection and certification 2000/ day 2400/day For preparation, Inspection and certification work.
    Fee for travel time 400/day 800/day -
    Travel Expenses Actual Actual For travel, food and accommodation when applicable.
    Fee for scope certificate 2000/- 2500/- --
    Fee for Transaction certificate, if required 1000/- 2000/- -
    Chemical analysis , if required Actual cost Actual cost Soil samples, water, leaf samples and product sample.