More land going to organic farming in Southeast Asia
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) says that organic agriculture is "a holistic paradigm for sustaining life on earth", reports The Asean Post.
With the potential to contribute to sustainable food security and improve livelihood in rural areas, organic farming in Asia shows a lot of potential.
As a result, more land is going to organic farming as of late, according to the data from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).
Land used for organic agriculture in Asia is almost 0.4%- or 6.1 million (m)- hectares of the entire agricultural industry.
Coconut and coffee are the most produced organic products in the region. Specifically, the study draws attention to the fact that the Phillippines has the largest organic coconut area with nearly 150,000 hectares. Further, Indonesia grows the most organic coffee in Southeast Asia.
The Phillippines accounts for the largest amount of organic producers in the region as well. Ranked fifth globally for organic production, research attributes the adoption of organic methods to government mandates.
Furthermore, in Thailand, the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Communities (ISAC) was established to promote organic farming. Its target for production is to have 208,000 hectares of organically farmed land by 2021.
Going on, the study cites the benefits of organic farming and how it continues increasing in revenue. Southeast Asian farmers have caught on to this fact.
It also points to Johor Green, a Malaysian-based group that focuses on sustainable urban farming.
This initiative comprises of an "Edible Park" and a seven-acre forest. The edible park is a place where shoppers can find organic produce from artisanal vendors.
The program serves as an alternative place for Malaysians to get organic produce. It also seeks to educate the public on the benefits of a organic-based diet.
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