Frequently Asked Questions

What is Organic Agriculture?

“Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which enhances agro-ecosystem health, utilizing both traditional and scientific knowledge. Organic agricultural system relies on ecosystem management rather than external agricultural inputs”(IFOAM).

What are the benefits of Organic Agriculture?

  • Improved health and nutrition
  • Little damage to environment – less cost for society
  • Greater biodiversity
  • Reduced nutrient losses
  • Reduced erosion, better water management
  • Low use of non – renewable resources
  • Safer working conditions
  • Less risk of contamination
  • Can build on traditional knowledge, recognises farmers’ knowledge
  • Access to organic market

How do I start organic crop production?

  • Get an organic standard applicable to you target market
  • Consider appropriate certification system
  • Get appropriate training or guide for your production
  • Acquire appropriate land in appropriate location for organic farming or convert current farm land
  • Produce based on the standard
  • Use only approved inputs and methodologies
  • Sell your produce or products organically