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India Tops Global Organic Agriculture Producer’s List: Study Of World Organic Agriculture 2018 Edition
World’s biggest organic agriculture think tank ‘international forum for organic agriculture movements’ (IFOAM), along with research institute for organic agriculture (FiBL) had published their latest study on the World of Organic Agriculture 2018
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International Federation for Organic Agriculture Movements has released its study on global organic agriculture market. Study reveals that the global trend of growth in organic agriculture production is continuing and India had topped the global list for the number of organic agriculture producers.
World’s biggest organic agriculture think tank ‘international forum for organic agriculture movements’ (IFOAM), along with research institute for organic agriculture (FiBL) had published their latest study on the World of Organic Agriculture 2018. Surpassing Mexico and Uganda, India had become world’s largest country in terms of number of organic producers. India, as per the authenticate data by study for 2016 had 8,35,000 no of organic agriculture producers. This number is even higher than the total number of the other two nations in the list where Mexico has 2,10,000 and Uganda has 2,10,252 number of organic commodity producers.
The survey also finds that the positive trend seen in the past years on organic production continues to be global. Few interesting aspects of the report are ‘Rising consumer demand for organic products, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and some 178 countries report organic farming activities. The survey is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and came right in the middle of BIOFACH in Germany (world’s most renowned organic agriculture show).
Increase in Organic Farmland
A total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (27.2 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3 million hectares), and China (2.3 million hectares). Almost haft of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (27.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (23 percent; 13.5 million hectares), and Latin America (12 percent; 7.1 million hectares).
The Market Continue To Grow
Study has given reference of market research company Ecovia Intelligence. This group has estimated that the global market for organic food reached 89.7 billion US dollars in 2016 (more than 80 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 38.9 billion euros, followed by Germany (9.5 billion euros), France (6.7 billion euros), and China (5.9 billion euros). In 2016, most of the major markets continued to show double‐digit growth rates, and the French organic market grew by 22 per cent
The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (274 Euros), and Denmark had the highest organic market share (9.7 percent of the total food market).