A Whirlwind Trip To India
Author: Shelley Bennetts Date Posted:26 November 2018
Another whirlwind trip to India for Pete to catch up with suppliers and farmers at the Annual ‘Biofach India’ Trade Fair. It’s India’s largest and most focused event for organic products and provides a business platform to organic stakeholders, retailers, exporters / importers, Govt. boards, state pavilions, certification bodies, consultants and associations from India and all over the world to congregate for networking.
Sustainability and the responsible use of resources is always the message of Biofach. As international demand for traditional Indian foods grows, so the areas under organic cultivation grows. The Indian government is systematically promoting organic farming through subsidies and there are more and more areas under cultivation using ecological production methods.
In the more remote mountainous regions, where industry has never had a place, farmers and processors are maintaining traditional methods, and sell through local organic co-operatives. These co-operatives not only purchase the farmer’s harvest at set fair prices but also provide ongoing agricultural practice education. Regional organic processing facilities are well established as are connections to reliable international markets.
At every level, producers are under the constant watch of organic certifying bodies like Australia’s NASAA, and the international patron of Biofach, IFOAM – Organics International. This ensures the quality of products, fair trade, responsible use of resources, education programs, support structures, market viability and sustainability are maintained.
"When the forest is destroyed, when the river is dammed, when the biodiversity is stolen, when fields are waterlogged or turned saline because of economic activities, it is a question of survival for these people. So our environmental movements have been justice movements." ~ Vandana Shiva
‘"Soil, not oil, holds the future for humanity." ~ Vandana Shiva
Peter attends this event regularly to ensure that we provide our customers with the best quality, best value and most sustainably produced products, always.
‘There are so many stakeholders involved, from private enterprise to government agencies, all ensuring that international buyers are making the most relevant and valuable connections. I’ve identified a number of products that could suit the Australian market. I’m chatting with our distributors out in the regions to get a feel for what customers are interested in. Stay tuned…’ - Peter de Jong Pure Food Essentials