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Organic Division (F A Q)

Q.1.    What is meant by KSOCA?

Ans.   Karnataka State Organic Certification Agency (KSOCA) is an Organic Certification Division of Karnataka State Seed and Organic Certification Agency (KSSOCA).


Q.2.    What is NPOP?

Ans.   It is the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP), launched by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India.   It provides information on standards for Organic Production Systems, criteria and procedure for accreditation of inspection & certification Bodies, use of National Organic Logo and other Regulations.


Q.3.    What is NSOP?

Ans.   NSOP means National Standards for Organic Production, formulated by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India for National Program for Organic Production (NPOP).  It includes standards for governing its Organic Production and Processes as well as the regulations for use of the National Organic Certification Mark.


Q.4.    What is conventional agriculture?

Ans. Conventional farming, also known as industrial agriculture, refers to farming systems which include the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other continual inputs, genetically modified organisms, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, heavy irrigation, intensive tillage, or concentrated monoculture production.


Q.5     What is organic agriculture?

Ans.  It is a system of farm design and management to create an eco system, which can achieve sustainable productivity without the use of artificial external inputs such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides.


Q.6.    What does it mean to be certified organic/Organic Certification?

Ans.   Certified organic means that organic product has been certified by an accredited certification agency and the product has been produced and /processed according to National/Or International standard for organic production.


Q.7.    What is conversion period?

Ans.   The time between the start of organic management and the certification of crops as organic.

Q.8.    What is conversion?

Ans.   The process of changing an agricultural farm from conventional to organic farm. This is also called transition.


Q.9.    What is meant by inspection?

Ans.   Shall include the site visit to verify that the performance of an operation is in accordance with the Organic production or processing standards.


Q.10. What is parallel production? 

Ans.   Shall mean any production where the same unit is growing, breeding, handling or processing the same products both in a certified organic and a non-certified organic system. Similarly a situation with “organic” and “in conversion” production of the same product is also parallel production.


Q.11.  What is part conversion?

Ans.   Shall be when part of a conventional farm or unit has already been converted to organic production or processing and a part is in the process of conversion.


Q.12. What types of certification is done by KSOCA?

  • Farm (Individual )
  • Group (ICS)
  • Wild collection
  • Input Approval
  • Farm (Individual )
  • Group (ICS)
  • Wild collection
  • Input Approval


Q.13. Where can I get a copy of the National Programme for Organic Production?

Ans.   You can get a copy of NPOP from KSOCA or you can download it from the website i, e  


Q.14. How long does it take for my land to be certified organic?

Ans.  It depends on the history of your operations and your current compliances with certification standards and regulations. It takes two years for annual crops and three years for perennial crops to be certified as organic.


Q.15. Does KSOCA approve organic inputs?

Ans.   Yes, KSOCA approves the organic inputs.


Q.16. What type of records are acceptable to NPOP or NSOP as a proof of compliance with the standards?

Ans.   List of records are given in the annexure of NPOP and KSOCA operators guidelines.


Q.17. Whether NPOP has issued any guidelines for the organic production of different crops?

Ans.   Yes, NPOP has issued the guidelines


Q.18. Who will approve my label before I go to print?

Ans.   KSOCA will approve your label in compliance with NPOP requirements. 


Q.19. How long is my organic certificate valid for?

Ans.   Your organic certificate remains valid for one year only; it has to be renewed every year


Q.20. What is the frequency of inspections carried over by the certification agency?

Ans.   Minimum one announced inspection shall be done once in a year. Additional inspections can be conducted whenever found necessary.


Q.21.  What is internal control system?

Ans.   A documented quality assurance system that allows the external certification body to delegate the inspection of individual group members to a body identified from within the operators of the group


Q.22.  What is transaction/import certificate?

Ans.   Document issued by a certification body declaring that the specified lot or consignment of goods is derived from production and / or processing system that has been certified.


Q.23. Whether irradiation of organic food is allowed?

Ans.   No. Irradiation in the production and handling of organic food is prohibited by NSOP.


Q.24. What is AFL?

Ans.  AFL Means All Farmers List which contains Farmer name, village name, total organic area, survey No. GPS coordinates, last date of chemical applied, registration date of farmer with service provider, internal inspector name, internal inspection date, crop details with area & estimated yield and organic status.


Q.25. What is Buffer Zone?

Ans. A clear defined and identifiable area boarding an organic production/site from that of conventional production unit.

Last Updated: 29-06-2020 04:00 PM Updated By: Approver kssoca

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