The Minister of National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam, said Tuesday that a national organic farming policy should be developed in consultation with all stakeholders to ensure safe and healthy food for the local community in addition to unlocking the export potential of organic food To ensure population.
At a workshop on “Building a Political Ecosystem for an Ecological Production Landscape in Pakistan”, Fakhar said that the immense potential of the ecological farming ecosystem can play an important role in combating poverty and climate change.
There is an urgent need to promote organic farming for safe and healthy food for the local and international population.
The event was organized by the Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) Regional Bio-Science Center Pakistan.
Fakhar Imam said that politics will play a crucial role in boosting the domestic organic industry.
The workshop was also attended by representatives from the federal, state and private sectors, including seeds, organic input companies, traders, manufacturers, farmers’ associations and organic farmers, in order to recognize the emerging demand from the organic farming landscape and their role in reducing poverty.
The actors praised the importance of organic farming policy and the availability of organic seeds and organic inputs for sustainable organic farming and made suggestions for policy development.
Syed Fakhar Imam acknowledged the efforts of the CABI to lead the policy development work related to organic agriculture and also pledged full support for the establishment of the national working group with members of the federal government, the provincial government and the private sector to develop the organic farming policy for Pakistan .
He said that developing organic farming policy will play a vital role in boosting the domestic organic industry.
The Chairman of the Pakistani Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Muhammad Azeem, on this occasion, also emphasized the importance of the development of a policy for organic farming in the context of the national development of organic farming and provided technical support for the development of a policy for organic farming.
Dr. Babar E. Bajwa, Senior Regional Director Asia, CABI informed the participants about the importance of the conversion of agriculture from conventional to organic agriculture in the context of food safety, climate change and exports.
He explained how the emerging demand for organic products in the international market created opportunities for Pakistani organic products such as cotton and also highlighted the potential of organic farming to mitigate the threats of climate change.
He also shared ideas on increasing the sustainability of the agricultural production system by minimizing the use of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides, as well as making agriculture more environmentally sustainable and economical.
Originally published by UrduPoint