UGANDA TOPS AFRICA IN EXPORTS OF ORGANIC PRODUCTS

By Francis Emorut

KAMPALA, dec 15 — Uganda tops African countries in the production and export of organic products, according to International Federation for Organic Movements (IFOAM). based in Germany.

The value of Uganda’s organic product exports rose from 4.0 million US dollars in 2003 to 44 million USD in 2013 in the latest released data.

“This is impressive growth,” said Chariton Namuwoza, the chief of value chains and programme with the National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda.

He was speaking to the New Vision on the sidelines of a gathering for organic farmers in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb, on Saturday.

Namuwoza attributed Uganda’s performance to its having a high number of certified organic farmers as well as favourable climate and good soil.

He explained that Uganda had taken the lead in organic farming behind only India at the global level.

Organic farming is not traditional farming but integrates modern and traditional knowledge for sustainable farming systems and Namuwoza said organic farming was the way to go because its products are free from genetic modification.

He advised farmers from Masindi, Mubende, Nakasongola, Luwero and Masaka to maintain high quality that meets international standards.

Namuwoza also stressed the importance of organic farming as it was more profitable. “Organic food can’t be grown with genetically engineered seeds. Other advantages of organic farming are non-toxic chemicals applied which increases biodiversity,” he said.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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