The Senate of the Parliament initiated the development of a new bill "On the production and turnover of organic products. The document discusses new approaches to certification, subsidies, the exception of the objects of certification of the final product - organic products, reports World of NAN, citing the NCE "Atameken".
The draft law was developed to improve legislation in the field of organic production with international technical support from the Project "German-Kazakhstan agrarian and political dialogue" and organizational and methodological and advisory support of ALE "Union of Organic Producers of Kazakhstan".
It is noted that the current legislation governing the production and turnover of organic products, identified gaps and conflicts in legal regulation. In addition, according to the initiators, the need to develop a draft law is due to the fact that the regulations in force in this area do not meet the legitimate interests of domestic producers of organic products and do not correspond to international and regional practices of organic production.
The draft law introduces new concepts, and some concepts of the current legislation made editorial amendments. In particular, the draft law proposes to include some of the provisions, requirements and norms of the Rules of production and turnover of organic products (after appropriate harmonization with international and interstate standards) in the national standard ST RK 3111-2017 "Organic products. Requirements for the production process", thereby eliminating conflicts in legal and regulatory regulation in the field of production and turnover of organic products. Certification of organic production to be carried out depending on the requests and preferences of the sales market, for compliance with the requirements of the selected (applicant-producer) standard of organic production. The developers propose to exclude from the objects of certification end products - organic products. This approach, where only the processes of organic production are certified is not contrary to international practice. In addition, it is proposed to include rules for the introduction of virgin and fallow lands (more than 3 years) in the circulation of organic crop production without the transition (conversion) period, to regulate the issues of group certification system, which will promote cooperation and consolidation of organic producers in groups and reduce certification costs for a particular producer, review the functions of authorized bodies given the infrastructure resources they form organic production. The bill also proposes the introduction of new forms of state support in the form of subsidizing the costs of the transition (conversion) period, as well as maintaining the current form - subsidizing certification and consulting costs of organic products.
Adoption of the project as a legislative act, according to experts, will promote the harmonization of national legislation in the field of production and turnover of organic products with international and regional rules, reducing the acts of subordinate regulation and creation of the necessary infrastructure for the effective functioning of organic production and turnover of organic products.
Atameken" NCE proposes to review the draft law, suggestions and (or) comments to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by a phone call at: 8 (7172) 919325 until July 12 this year.
The text of the bill can be found here.