Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sunstar – the Federation of Small Farmers of Khaddar Area - cultivates Fair Trade Certified Basmati rice that is fed by water from the Ganges River. Basmati rice was originally domesticated in this region of India and continues to be prized for its nutty taste and fragrance. The federation supplies high-quality aromatic rice while harnessing market opportunities for small-scale farmers. Sunstar Fair Trade farmers exclusively grow organic rice, illustrating the federation's dedication to sustainable farming practices. Since becoming Fair Trade Certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) in 2004, the federation has improved their stewardship of the land and raised the standard of living for its 907 member farmers. Federation members represent a great diversity of ethnicities, scheduled castes and religious beliefs.
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