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Lakshadweep Declared an Organic Union Territory

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  • December 10, 2020
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Lakshadweep Declared an Organic Union Territory

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations

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  • Entire Lakshadweep group of islands has been declared as an organic agricultural area under the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) of India.
  • Lakshadweep is the first Union Territory to become 100% organic as all farming is carried out without the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.

Important value addition

Lakshadweep

  • It is India’s smallest Union Territory.
  • It is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands.
  • There are three main group of islands: (1) Amindivi Islands; (2) Laccadive Islands; (3) Minicoy Island.
  • All are tiny islands of coral origin (Atoll) and are surrounded by fringing reefs.

Participatory Guarantee System

  • PGS is a process of certifying organic products, which ensures that their production takes place in accordance with laid-down quality standards.
  • The certification is in the form of a documented logo or a statement.
  • Implemented by: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
  • It is only for farmers or communities that can organise and perform as a group within a village or a cluster of contiguous villages.
  • It is applicable only to farm activities such as crop production, processing, and livestock rearing, and off-farm processing by PGS farmers of their direct products.

Do you know?

  • Organic farming is a system of farm design and management to create an ecosystem of agriculture production without the use of synthetic external inputs such as chemical fertilisers, pesticides, etc.

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