BioFach Celebrates Indian Pemiere in 2009

The first BioFach India takes place in the Bombay Exhibition Centre in the Indian metropolis of Mumbai from 29.4 to 1.5.2009. The youngest daughter of the proud mother BioFach Nürnberg, the World Organic Trade Fair, is organized by NürnbergMesse. Nürnberg Global Fairs, its international subsidiary, is responsible for the organization of the event. The exhibition will be supported locally by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. BioFach already brings together a total of 3,700 exhibitors and more than 100, 000 trade visitors from all over the world. The organizers assume more strong growth through BioFach India. After Japan, the USA, Brazil and China, it is the fifth offspring of the world's biggest platform for the organic industry.

"The BioFach family reflects the entire international organic market in an incomparable way. The demand for organic products and especially for raw materials of organic origin is increasing worldwide. India with its cultural tradition and market structure offers enormous potential. The supply of organic products is growing strongly and the demand is also expanding noticeably. We are delighted that BioFach is welcome in India", says Herta Krausmann, Managing Director of Nürnberg Global Fairs.

The market prospects are brilliant: India actively promotes organic agriculture and the growth of the organic market is also strongly supported politically on the Indian subcontinent. 100 million EUR is to be invested in 23 states, says the Indian Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahay.

580,000 tons of organic products were produced in India in 2006 and 2007, reports the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, APEDA. The export volume is 47 million EUR. Estimates by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture, ICCOA, show that the organic farming area could grow to 2 million ha by 2012. The current organically farmed area is 340,000 ha. Organic farming in India is governed by EU-recognized standards. In line with the National Programme for Organic Production, NPOP, formulated by the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and implemented by APEDA, farms can be certified to European, Swiss or US standards. The standards published by IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, are also used in India.

The patron of the BioFach daughter in Mumbai is IFOAM, which already supports the four other international daughters of the World Organic Trade Fair in Japan, the USA, Brazil and China as well as BioFach Nürnberg. ICCOA has been obtained as Indian partner and patron.

Other BioFach events BioFach Japan, Tokyo 24-26 September 2008; BioFach America, Boston 16-18 October 2008; BioFach América Latina/Expo Sustentat, São Paulo 23-25 October 2008; BioFach and Vivaness, Nürnberg 19-22 February 2009; BioFach China, Shanghai 27-29 May 2009.

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