Financial loans for farmers to convert to organic farming – Saudi...

Financial loans for farmers to convert to organic farming – Saudi...
Financial loans for farmers to convert to organic farming – Saudi...
The Saudi Society for Organic Agriculture revealed that the state, represented by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, provided non-refundable financial support for each organic farm or farm willing to convert to organic farming.

The guideline issued by the association stated that the support aims to provide organic food by supporting workers in the sector and increasing community awareness, taking into account the preservation of the environment to achieve sustainability and quality, indicating that the agricultural environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not immune to some wrong practices, excessive and unjustified use. Sometimes for chemical agricultural inputs of various kinds and the purpose of their use, and accordingly the state, working with the relevant authorities, has taken many projects and initiatives, in addition to enacting laws and legislations that regulate the agricultural sector and the inputs used in it, as well as extension and awareness programs for farmers and producers.

The guide showed that the transformation procedures are carried out by studying the request, by specialists in the technical support department of the Organic Production Department at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, then communicating with the farmer to determine the date of the farm visit, and the specialists visit the farm, provide technical support and organic agricultural guidance, and assess the components of the farm and its eligibility for the transformation to agriculture After that, the farm is linked to one of the intentional documentation companies at the ministry, indicating that the farm is either under transformation and it is called “under transformation” or it is an organic farm if its soil was not subjected to any previous chemicals.

The evidence indicated that organic farming is a method of agricultural production – with its two parts plant and animal – that depends on the use of natural materials without the use of materials, fertilizers, chemical pesticides, hormones or genetically modified materials. Organic farming is considered, according to the definition of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, as an intermediate agricultural system with Economic and social dimensions, aiming to produce clean food in safe ways while observing the natural balance, without disturbing the ecosystem, and it must preserve and enhance the health and safety of soil, plants, humans and animals, as a single and indivisible system, and that organic agricultural practices and processes depend on living systems and ecological cycles, and contribute In terms of sustainability and preservation of the ecological balance, agricultural practices in organic agriculture should be managed in a preventive and responsible manner, to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and to preserve the environment and its natural resources.

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