Organic food has Rs 1,200 crore elite market in India:CCOA

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New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) If Five Star hotels switch to buying of organic food ingredients, it will create a market of over Rs 1,200 crore and sustain 500,000 small farmers presently engaged in organic farming in India.

International Competence Centre of Orgnanic Agriculture(ICCOA) President Mukesh Gupta said the five star hotels can alone buy the Rs 20,000 marketable surplus organic food that the farmers produce.

Mr Gupta, who is the CEO of the Morarka Foundation said the holets, in this way, could become the unique model of 'Corporate Responsibility' which can be beneficial both to the hotels and the organic farmers.

''By serving certified organic food to all guests in Five Star hotels, they will be able to achieve a unique objective of providing food without any fertilizer or chemical contamination to their guests", he added.

Mr Gupta hoped that all the five star hotels of India would come forward and will serve organic food items to its customers.

Recently, ICCOA along with APEDA and NCOF, Ministry of Agriculture had organised an India Organic Trade Fair 2007 at Delhi in which over 180 exhibitors representing over Rs 500 crore worth of certified organic produce had participated.

Mr Gupta highlighted the need of organic farming in India as an only option for small farmers to earn reasonable incomes from agriculture.

He asserted that nearly Rs 100,000 crore has been spent by the Centre and State governments on famrers using chemical fertiliser while not a single penny is being spent on organic farmers.

UNI

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