Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant, emphasize the participation of stakeholders, including producers and consumers and operate outside the frame work of third party certification. As per IFOAM (2008) definition "Participatory Guarantee Systems are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange”. PGS is a process in which people in similar situations (in this case small holder producers) assess, inspect and verify the production practices of each other and take decision on organic certification (PGS-Green and PGS Organic ).
Certificate of Authorization
KVM is authorized Regional Council for providing organic certification under Participatory Guarantee System in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh
In PGS organic farmers have full control over the certification process and are able to produce far more credible and effective system of quality assurance compared to third party certification. Important benefits of this system over third party certification system are as follows:
PGS-India Green (organic products obtained from the agriculture fields which are under process of organic conversion)
PGS-India Organic (organic products obtained from agriculture fields which are completely converted into organic farming)