Help and guide the farmers, traders and food processors as well as consumers to prepare documentation system before getting inspection. The documentation system is very vital to the farm owners or inputs owner to get ready for farm inspection and organic certificate.
To guide farmers, traders and food processors as well as consumers, the founding members of COrAA developed ‘Standards for Organic Crop Production’ and ‘Production Standards for Chemical-Free Agriculture’. These provide the basis for COrAA’s inspection and certification scheme. Only farm products which have been certified by COrAA can be labeled Organic or Chemical-free respectively. The certification assures consumers that the farmers have strictly followed the principles stated in the standards. As a result, the standards provide an instrument to offer clarity and to build up trust in organic products.
COrAA helps the farmers to convert their conventional farms to organic farms. We guide the farmers in making their own organic fertilizers using materials such as animal faeces so that they can avoid the use of chemical substances like pesticides. Moreover, COrAA also outlines a detailed organic procedure regarding fertilization and crop protection to be closely followed. After a conversion period of 12 months, a farm can be certified as organic and farmers will receive the COrAA label for Organic products. For plantations with perennial crops, the conversion period is 18 months.
Farmers who cannot meet all requirements of the organic standards can avail the “chemical-free” certification where no conversion period is required. COrAA guides the farmers in making their own organic fertilizers using materials such as animal faeces so that they can avoid the use of chemical substances like pesticides. Moreover, COrAA also outlines a detailed organic procedure regarding fertilization and crop protection to be closely followed. Farmers complying with the above standards will receive the COrAA label for Chemical-Free products.
Ensuring that the farmers and members comply with the standard, COrAA has set up an inspection and certification system. Groups or associations of smallholders use the Internal Control System (ICS). Trains internal inspectors check every farm several times during the growing season and verify the adherence to the standards. Then, COrAA accredited inspectors examine the ICS records and carry out inspections of a fraction of the farms. After receiving the report, the independent Certificate Committee decides if certificate can be granted. Based on the decision, COrAA will issue the certificate to the operator (farmers, farmer groups, NGOs, or companies). This certificate enables the producers to market their products using the COrAA labels.