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Organic products within reach of common man, thanks to PGS

Children in Puducherry are taking a fancy to a dates-based toffee over traditional chocolates to celebrate their birthdays.

The toffee is among the many organic products available at the local ‘uzhavar sandhai’ (farmers’shandy ). While ‘organic’ products are nothing new to Puducherry, thanks to the influence of the Ashram and Auroville, this is the first time the toffee and a range of other products such as millets, vegetables, fruits and rice grains have been certified here.

Unlike Tamil Nadu which has a government certification department for organic products, organic farmers in Puducherry had to depend on third party certification or sell without certification so far. This has changed with the introduction of the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) in Puducherry.

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