Opportunity and Challenge of Organic Certification System in Nepal

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  • Basanta Rana Bhat Organic Certification Nepal

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https://doi.org/10.3126/aej.v10i0.2139

Keywords:

Organic Agriculture, Standards, Inspection, Certification, Harmonization

Abstract

The demand for organic certification is gradually increasing in Nepal although it is in early stage. Organic certification is a written assurance given by an independent third party about the production methodology and quality of products to confirm special requirements. Certification brings opportunities for protection of local resources, better market access, improvement of worker and consumer health, and eventually enhancement of living conditions of rural communities. The demanding nature of regulatory requirements makes it difficult as well as expensive for local certification initiatives in developing markets to establish themselves to offer export certification. Certification cost, limited awareness of group certification, small and medium-sized farms and inadequate understanding of how organic certification works are some of the constraints for organic certification. Certification Alliance (Cert All), a regional collaboration in certification representing national and international organic certification bodies, addresses the aforementioned challenges. The alliance has recognized the value of collaborating instead of competing. Organic Certification Nepal (OCN), a part of Cert All, offers an internationally accredited inspection and certification service to local operators at a reasonable cost. This paper highlights certification process followed by OCN and potential challenges and opportunities it will likely face.

Key words: Organic Agriculture; Standards; Inspection; Certification; Harmonization

The Journal of Agriculture and Environment Vol:10, Jun.2009 Page: 144-149

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Author Biography

Basanta Rana Bhat, Organic Certification Nepal

Chairperson, Organic Certification Nepal, Kathmandu

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Published

2009-08-12

How to Cite

Bhat, B. R. (2009). Opportunity and Challenge of Organic Certification System in Nepal. Journal of Agriculture and Environment, 10, 144–149. https://doi.org/10.3126/aej.v10i0.2139

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