Agricert

AgriCert is one of the leading Organic Certification Company  of Jammu And Kashmir

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Organic Farming: 

* Reduces Exposure to Pesticides and Chemicals.
* Builds Healthy Soil.
* Fighting the Effects of Global Warming.
* Supports Water Conservation and  Water Health.
* Discouraging Algal Blooms.
* Supporting Animal Health and Welfare.
* Encourages Biodiversity.
* Combatting Erosion.

WHY ORGANIC

It Is better for the planet

Designed to respect nature and to enhance the health of soils, water and air, organic farming is leading the way on sustainability. Organic farmers are encouraged to ‘close the loop' on their farms, making use of what’s to hand and limiting the use of imported resources.

No Artificial Fertilizers

Organic farming lowers the risk of environmental pollution and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by severely restricting the use of manufactured chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which come from burning fossil fuels. Instead, organic farmers must use build fertile soils naturally, using compost and manure (often sourced from their own farm or local herds), and rotate their crops to keep soils healthy. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are also responsible for an increase in nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

And is better for People

You might be asking yourself if organic food is safer than conventional products. Organic farming joins the dots between our own health and the health of our planet, our animals and our wildlife: Fewer pesticides Fewer additives and preservatives No GM ingredients Reduced use of antibiotics More resilient farms Nutritionally different food Eating organic food means supporting a way of farming that works for people long into the future – from farmers out in the fields to those tucking in at home.

Certification Process

Applicant shall first contact directly through e-mail/ postal letter to Agricert and request for application form for the required scope of certification or may download an application from the website of Agricert.
The applicant have to submit his/ her application form at office of the Agricert shall acknowledge the receipt of the application form. During screening, if it is found that the application is incomplete, the applicant shall be requested to provide necessary and missing documents for registration.
After receipt of the application, the management of Agricert shall screen and check the completeness of the application.
If the application is found appropriate, then Agricert shall assign a registration number to the operator in a prescribed format & fee estimate and contract form between Agricert, and the Organic farmer/ Group of farmers/ FPO’s shall be provided to the operator.
Applicant will have to deposit 100% of the certification fees either in Cash or by Demand Draft in favor of CEO Agricert within 30 days of the signed contract to Agricert in which they agree to comply with the NPOP standards, allow inspection and provide updated information to Agricert.
**Registration fee is non-refunded. ** If an applicant withdraws his/her application for certification prior to more than fifteen days of the proposed date of inspection, the applicant shall be refunded the deposited fee after deducting the 10% amount of the fee submitted. **If the applicant withdraws application of certification prior to less than fifteen days and more than three days of the proposed date of inspection, he/she will be refunded the deposited fee after deducting 25% amount.
I. Each applicant shall be contacted before inspection in order to conduct the inspection visit in a timely manner. This does not apply to unannounced on-site visits. The duration of inspection visits may vary depending on the size and complexity of the operation. II. The inspection shall be carried out only in the presence of operator or the responsible person who should accompany the assigned inspector. III. The inspection shall cover entire chain of custody of the production system managed by the operator. It will include organic as well as conventional production carried out by producer before registration. IV. After completing inspection and filling inspection checklist, Agricert inspector shall give a copy of inspection checklist to the operator. The inspection checklist shall be signed and dated by the inspector as well as by the operator. V. Agricert inspector shall make his / her observations regarding the type of non compliances found and tell operator about the relevant provisions in NPOP. Inspector will ask the operator to rectify the non compliances. vi. The frequency of scheduled inspections can be increased or decreased on the basis of operator’s performance or degree of compliance with the applicable standards. The frequency and type of inspections are based on the anticipated risk with respect to the individual operators (size and type of operation), intensity of production, outcome of previous inspection and operator’s record of compliances and complaints received by Agricert. The risk analysis shall take into account all relevant threats to the organic integrity of the production system.
i. Certification decision shall be taken up by the certification committee of Agricert in compliance with the NPOP standards on the basis of inspection report and evaluation report. ii. All the certification decisions shall be taken in an objective, impartial and transparent way by the certification committee and shall be properly recorded in the concerned file of the operator. iii. The certification decision shall be communicated to the operator along with nonconformities, if any, that have to be rectified in order to comply with the certification requirements and the extent of further evaluation or testing required. iv. Agricert shall have the right to impose conditions. Where conditions require corrective actions subsequent to certification, time limit shall be imposed.
A. Agricert, Kashmir shall have policy for dealing with complaints and disputes which may relate to criticism of an operator certified by Agricert or other subject. B. The complainant may lodge his / her complaint to Agricert on the official website or by letter with evidence that supports the allegations or non-compliances with applicable standards. The complainant shall be informed of the general outcome of the complaint in a way which does not prejudice the confidentiality of the party concerned
i. It is Agricert policy to provide applicants with an opportunity of formal appeal against certification decision of Agricert with which they disagree. An applicant, who is dissatisfied with the certification decision, can appeal to the Agricert in writing with supporting documents like inspection checklist, notification of non-compliances, copy of certification decision and the evidence against the decision. The appeals committee of Agricert will consider the matter by carefully examining the certification procedures undertaken by the operator and compliance of the operator with the applicable standards i.e. NPOP standards in objective and impartial way. All the decisions taken by the Appeal Committee shall be final. ii. The appeal shall be decided within thirty days from the date of acknowledgement of appeal. However applicants may also submit formal appeal to APEDA against the decisions of Appeal Committee of Agricert.

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