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Organic PGS

The Good Market Organic Participatory Guarantee System was started in February 2013 by producers and consumers that want to make organic more accessible and affordable in Sri Lanka. It is based on the IFOAM Norms for Organic Production and Processing. The PGS is being incubated under the Lanka Good Market (Gte) Ltd., but it has a separate bank account and committee, and plans to register independently in the future.

 

​The Good Market Organic PGS is recognized by IFOAM Organics International. The IFOAM PGS logo can be used on producer certificates, but not on products. The Good Market PGS logo can be used on promotional materials and products.

Organic PGS Logo

Process for Producer Groups

If you have a cluster of at least 3 producers in the same area, you can apply as a producer group. Group members must be geographically close enough to monitor and support each other and ensure that the full group is meeting the standards.

1. Collect a signed PGS Producer Promise for crop cultivation and/or animal husbandry from each producer group member.

 

2. Conduct internal monitoring visits and complete an Individual Evaluation Form for each participating farm. Make sure each farm has the required farm records: (1) a map, (2) a calendar, diary, or record of daily activities, (3) financial records with receipts for inputs and sales.

 

Only farms that are approved during the internal monitoring visits should be included as group members.

PGS Producer Group

3. Review the Producer Group Evaluation Form and ensure the group is prepared for a visit. Make sure the group has the required group records. (1) a ledger with details on each member, (2) a map showing the location of each member, (3) completed Evaluation Forms from internal monitoring visits to each member’s farm.

 

4. Contact the PGS coordinator at +94773772122 or by email and request an external evaluation visit. (See visit costs below.) The external evaluation team includes at least 3 people with at least 1 qualified technical leader. The team will review group records, randomly select at least 25% of the farms in the group (minimum 5), visit the selected farms, review farm records, and complete an Evaluation Form for each farm visited.

 

5. If the producer group is not approved, make the recommended corrections and request another external evaluation visit when all members meet the standards. 

 

6. If the producer group is approved, pay the certification fees by cash, check or bank deposit for all producer group members. (See certification costs below.) The certificate is valid for 1 year.

Process for Independent Farms

1. Sign a PGS Producer Promise for crop cultivation and/or animal husbandry. The Producer Promise must be signed by the farm owner or by a resident farm manager. 

 

2. Complete an individual Evaluation Form as a self-assessment. Make sure the farm has the required farm records: (1) a map, (2) a calendar, diary, or record of daily activities, (3) financial records with receipts for inputs and sales. ​​ 

 

3. Contact the PGS coordinator at +94773772122 or by email and request an external evaluation visit. (See visit costs below.) The external evaluation team includes at least 3 people with at least 1 qualified technical leader. The team will visit the farm, review farm records, and complete an Evaluation Form

PGS Evaluation Visit

4. If the farm is not approved, make the recommended corrections and request another evaluation visit when all the standards are met. 

 

5. If the farm is approved, pay the certification fee by cash, check or bank deposit. (See certification costs below.) The certificate is valid for 1 year.

Costs

​The Good Market Organic Participatory Guarantee System is a volunteer-driven initiative that operates on a not-for-profit self-financing basis. Producers and consumers have volunteered their time and contributed resources for documentation, travel, refreshments, meeting venues, accommodation, etc.

 

Visit Costs


Visit costs apply to every farm visit regardless of whether the producer or producer group is approved.

 

  • Transport to farms (e.g. own vehicle, vehicle hire, pre-booked train or bus service, fuel cost for volunteer vehicle)

 

  • Food and refreshments (e.g. tea, lunch)

 

  • Accommodation for overnight trips (e.g. homestay, guest house)

 

  • Visit fee (Rs. 5,000 per day for long distance visits, Rs. 2,500 for half day visits within 100 km of Colombo)

 

Certification Fees


The certification fee is only paid if a producer or producer group is approved. It must be paid before a certificate is issued.

 

  • Independent Producer: Rs. 5,000 

 

  • Producer Group: Rs. 600 per member with less than 1 acre

 

  • Producer Group: Rs. 1,200 per member with more than 1 acre

 

  • Urban Home Garden: Rs. 1,000 if less than 1 acre in Colombo District

 

Certification fees cover one year. ​If a certificate is issued for less than 1 year, the fees will be prorated.