Note: The Participatory Organic Guarantee System (PGS) is an internal community-based certification; there are no comparable standards. The PGS is an internal audit system with basic data gathering and is not recognized as an organic standard.
1. Farmers must own their agricultural land or rent an area for agriculture, with or without a title deed.
2. All rice, vegetable and fruit plots must follow a strict organic farming system, except for some farmers in the initial stages but the next farmers must change all plots to organic systems.
3. Growth in chemically fertilized plots (Not certified) is allowed as parallel plants but farmers must separate the produce and make it available for inspection.
4. Organic plots must be separated from chemical plots by at least a distance of one meter. Nearby plots incur a risk of agricultural chemical contamination and farmers must prepare a buffer zone. Plants grown in the buffer zone will not be considered as organic.
5. Rice cannot be grown on organic farms that are certified for more than two crop generations per year. The soil must be rested or used to grow green manure to improve soil nitrogen content. All other crops must be grown using an organic system.
6. Farmers should grow rice to eat for good health and safety.
7. Farmers may sell paddy rice as chemical-free produce after one season of organic agriculture (from planting to harvesting), or growth in paddy fields with no applied agricultural chemicals for at least 12 months.
8. Farmers may sell vegetables and fruits as organic products after a transition period of 12 months from the date of the last use of chemicals.
9. Do not use seeds that contain chemicals or come from an unknown source. Farmers should produce seeds for rice, vegetables and fruits for their own use. If it is not possible to find certified chemical-free seeds, then farmers must wash the seeds before planting.
10. Farmers must not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, hormones, accelerated synthetic chemicals or organic fertilizers with unknown ingredients without permission.
11. Do not burn cobs and organic matter in certified organic fields.
12. Do not use or share agricultural chemical spray tanks between chemical plots and organic fields.
13. Do not mix organic products with transition stage products and general products. The status of each product must be clearly shown (Organic, Transition, Chemical) for traceability.
14. Farmers who use harvesters or combine harvesters must clean the machinery before use. The first three sacks of rice used to wash the machine are not considered to be organic products.
15. Do not use fertilizer sacks and containers that may be contaminated with chemicals to store and transport organic products. The bags and containers should be clean and suitable for packing and transporting organic products.
16. Farmers must record production inputs and amounts of organic produce for verification.
17. Farmers who are members of the project must jointly participate by attending meetings and joining group activities. Absence for three consecutive activities without a valid reason may result in loss of membership status