Trust to campaign for organic farming policy

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoters Association Trust has been formed to promote organic farming.
Fortunate Nyakanda, the trusts Executive Director, says her organization is currently fighting for a policy on organic farming, which lags far behind the rest of the world in this regard.

ZOPPA is working on formulating organic standards compliance and certification with the Standards Association of Zimbabwe and expects this to be ready by August.

Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system that promotes and enhances ecosystem health, including biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimising the use of external inputs, avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

According to FiBL, an independent, non-profit, research institute, 35 million hectares of land were under organics worldwide by 2010. The research team works with farmers to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts.

Alongside practical research, FiBL gives high priority to transferring knowledge into agricultural practice through advisory work, training and conferences. Some 417 000 hectares are certified organic in Africa and managed by at least 175 266 farmers.

“The organic market is among the fastest growing market segments globally with a growth of about an average of 20% in the last seven years,” says FiBL. The global market is projected to reach more than 60 billion by end of 2011.

ZOPPA is working on strengthening its institutional capacity to lead and coordinate all actors along the value chains, standardizing organic production, putting strategic focus on research into organic friendly technologies and solutions, fighting for government policy support on organic farming including raising awareness and information provision.

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  1. Ged Buffee

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