Hyderabad, Apr 9: The Deccan Development Society (DDS) today announced that it has received formal permission form Participatory Gurantee Scheme (PGS) Organic Council of India to use the 'PGS Organic Logo' on the farm produce cultivating by the farmers of the society.
Addressing the press here, DDS Director P V Satheesh said the DDS was the first NGO in India to secure the logo for its organic farm products, produced by women farmers at Zaheerabad mandal in Medak district. The farmers were producing Millets, Jawar and Bajra without using chemical fertilizers and irrigation facilities.
Stating that the DDS was ready to work with other NGOs to encourage organic farming in the state, he said the products would be supplied in other villages and towns which were very near from the production centre. But,'we don't want to export the products to other countries'.
The market owned and managed by about 2000 women farmers of the DDS would use the logo on the produce that they sell in the markets, the Director added.
The PGS Organic Council of India in collaboration with German based International Forum for Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has started a new certification system that was totally controlled and monitored by farmers themselves.