“Shivaganga savayava tarakari belegarara Sangha” is a group of 80 farmers from K.Kempalinganahalli, Nelamangala, Karnataka 562123. The group is organic certified under Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS)
The PGS is an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system [like ISO 9000] implemented and controlled by the committed organic farmer-producers through active participation, along with the consumers, in the process based on verifiable trust. It is not an “inspection raj” certification system but, rather, one that is based on personal integrity and peer pressure. Integrity is honesty when no one is looking over your shoulder to see what you are doing. The farmer pledges that the production process is free from manufactured chemicals [fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, hormones, etc] and lives by his word of honour.