According to Businessline, India will soon cultivate organic grapes and export them, a top official of International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA) has said.
An MoU to this effect was inked among ICCOA, Government of Maharashtra and its organic grape growers’ association for cultivation of organic grape, setting up of organic vinery, marketing of organic wine and table quality organic grapes both in India and abroad, President ICCOA, Mr Ramesh Harve, said.
The tripartite agreement arrived at ICCOA’s first national organic fair, held here recently, will focus on building competencies across the entire value chain, from production, certification, processing and final marketing, he said.
“Successful implementation of this project will open new vistas of export business for the entire country in general”, Mr Harve said.
ICCOA has also agreed to join hands with International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) to set up an IFOAM information point in Bangalore or Delhi under the name of “IFOAM India Centre for Organic Services.”
ICCOA will host the IFOAM-ICOS and provide all necessary support to enable it to work with the organic network in India, Mr Harve said. – PTI