Participatory Guarantee System is a process of certifying organic products which ensures agriculture production process in accordance with the standards laid down for organic products and that desired quality has been maintained. This is exhibited in the form of documented logo or a statement. In order to promote domestic organic market growth and also to enable small and marginal farmer to have easy access to organic certification, a decentralized organic farming certification system called Participatory Guarantee System –India (PGS-India) is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. It is cost effective, farmer- friendly and hassle-free. It is outside the framework of third party system of certification, which is a pre-requisite to enter export market of organic produce.
For online operation of this certification system a web portal : http://www.pgsindia-ncof.gov.in has been created. This web portal has online facility for (i) Registration (ii) Approval (iii) Documentation (iv) Record of inspection and (v) certification. It will promote transparency in certification process. It will lead to creation of a database of (i) Organic producers and (ii) area under PGS certification with due traceability.
National Center of Organic Farming
19 Hapur Road, Near CBI Acadamy
Ghaziabad - 201002, Uttar Pardesh, India