Certification Process



  • A farmer is required to engage in a number of activities, in addition to normal farming operations, to get the farm certified.
  • The farmer has to study the organic standards, which cover in specific details all aspects of farming, including storage, transport and sale, allowable and disallowed substances.
  • Farm facilities and production methods must comply with the standards, which may involve modifying facilities, sourcing and changing suppliers
  • Paperwork detailing previous three years farm history at the minimum and current set-up is very essential
  • Written annual production plan must be submitted, detailing everything from seed to sale
  • Each farm goes through multiple checks
  • Group supervision by other farmers in the group
  • Sresta associates regularly visit the fields typically at least once in a fortnight
  • Internal inspections by the Sresta Internal standards compliance team
  • Annual on-farm inspections by the external certification agencies
  • Random Pesticide residue tests of soil, water and the produce
  • A written record of day-to-day farming and marketing records should be available for inspection at any time
  • For first-time farm certification, the farm soil must meet basic requirements such as being free from use of chemicals for a few years, usually 3 to 4 years. This period is known as being in transition. Transitional crops are not considered fully organic