BioFach India 2009

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BioFach India celebrates its premiere in the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, in spring 2009. The youngest member of the international BioFach family was officially presented to representatives from the Indian organic sector at the end of 2008. Representatives from Nürnberg Global Fairs, the international subsidiary of NürnbergMesse, presented the concept of the world-leading exhibition for organic and natural products at a reception at the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi.

India is the third BioFach location in Asia after Japan and China. The subcontinent could become another top venue for the organic world. The country is rich in organic raw materials. According to estimates by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, ICCOA, which together with IFOAM is the patron of BioFach India, the organic farming area could grow to 2 million ha by 2012.

India’s organic potential is impressively emphasized by the forecast market development. The official foreign trade organization APEDA estimates organic production in 2006 and 2007 at a total 580,000 tons from some 340,000 hectares of certified organic land. The government intends to invest 100 million Euro in organic farming in 23 federal states. This should also cause the export volume to rise strongly from the present approx. 47 million Euro.

“The Indian organic companies welcome BioFach to India. The established exhibition offers them an excellent opportunity to present their products to the international market. Although India has some 3,000 firms in the organic sector, many of them are not yet sufficiently present on the market with their products,” says Mukesh Gupta, President of ICCOA.

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