The Consumer Association of Penang has urged the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry to push for organic farming, its president S.M. Mohamed Idris said today.
Organic agriculture should be an integral part of any agricultural policy aiming for food security, he said.
“It is time the federal government took action in this direction,” he told a press conference here today.
Vermitech specialist Dr Sultan Ahmed Ismail, who was also present, said CAP was ready to transfer the technology they have to the ministry in helping them carry out this farming method.
He noted that organic farming eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which is not only an improvement for human health, but also for the fauna and flora associated with the farm and farm environment.
“Organic farming also enhances soil structures, conserves water and ensures the conservation and sustainable use of diversity. Pesticides weaken the ecosystem which has sustained human agriculture for thousands of years, damaging soil microbes and eliminating beneficial insects and predators,” he said.