Organic Rules and Certification

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In Turkey the organic agricultural area of 109387 ha constituted 0.45% of the total farmed area, and the number of certified organic farmers, (14926) constituted 0.49% of the total number of farmers in 2008

The certification chain consists of the following bodies:

1 competent authority

Tarım ve Köy İşleri Bakanlığı, Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA)

1 accreditation body

Türk Akreditasyon Kurumu, (Turkish Accreditation Agency)

0 control authorities
10 private control bodies

EKOCERT-S.A.S. Sertifikasyon Kuruluşu ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

Ekolojik Tarım Kontrol Organizasyonu (ETKO) (128 organic operators, of wich 1600 (91 groups of farmers) farmers)

Control Union Turkey (1070 organic operators, of wich 1012 farmers)

Institute for Marketecology (IMO) (2258 organic operators, of wich 2202 farmers)

Ekotar Kontrol ve Sertifikasyon Kuruluşu ( organic operators, of wich farmers)

CERES Turkey (2162 organic operators, of wich 2000 farmers)

BCS Turkey (2538 (61 groups) organic operators, of wich 2500 farmers)

Nissert Uluslararası Sertifikasyon ve Denetim Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. (1 organic operators, of wich farmers)

Istituto Mediterraneo di Certificazione (IMC) Turkey (92 organic operators, of wich 87 farmers)

ORSER Organik Ürünler Kontrol ve Sertifikasyon Kuruluşu (1685 (64 individual operators + 23 groups of operators) organic operators, of wich 1673 farmers)

1 public standards owner

Tarım ve Köyişleri Bakanlığı, Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (15438 operators)

0 private standards owners
Certification costs of organic farmers may be subsidized by the following authorities
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