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Red Rocks Organic Farming

  • Published on December 20, 2019
The Red Rocks organic farming program was established in order to re-establish previously damaged or destroyed ecological balance in nature, organic farming aims to correct unwanted results of wrong production practices by using; biological methods to control pests and diseases, to improve soil fertility, to contain environment and human friendly production systems, to ban the use of synthetic and chemical fertilizer and pesticides while encouraging organic and green fertilizing, crop rotation
The aims for organic farming are: Conserving environment and natural resources, re-establishing ecological balance, encouraging sustainable agriculture, improving soil fertility, conserving flora and fauna, increasing genetic diversity, and putting an end to chemical pollution and toxic residues. In addition to banning the use of every kind of synthetic and chemical pesticides and fertilizers, organic agriculture encourages practicing organic and green fertilization, crop rotation, soil conservation, improving plants resistance to pests and diseases, benefiting from parasites and predators. The main goal of organic agriculture is not raising the quantity, but improving the quality of food products. By practicing organic agriculture in the communities surrounding the national park in Uganda, on the Rwandan side of the great mountains and in the areas of the democratic republic of congo next to the virunga massif, our organic farming project is building sustainable farming communities and produce and the possibility to produce agricultural goods without polluting soil, water resources, and air while protecting environment, plant, animal, and human health. Lots of agricultural land have been affected from pollution and instability in nature as a results of synthetic chemical inputs (synthetic mineral fertilizers and synthetic chemical pesticides, etc.) and their excessive use without any control, Besides loss of soil, erosion decreases the amount of organic material and humus in soil and causes loss of soil nutrients profile. And this results the loss of beneficial soil micro organisms. Modern, intensive agriculture causes many problems, including the following: Continuously producing only one commodity and not using crop rotation results increase of pests and diseases Some beneficial pests exterminated and the base for biological fighting has been destroyed as a result of using chemical pesticides. Artificial fertilisers (especially quick solved nitrates) and herbicides are easily washed from the soil and pollute underground water resources, rivers, lakes, and water courses and results nitrates poisonings both in humans and animals. The use of environment friendly organic Farming Practices is essential to prevent these harms while producing and consuming nutritious food. Following all these negative effects, conscious consumers in many countries, especially in the most developed countries, have been getting organized to urge and encourage farmers to practice environment and human friendly organic agricultural production. In order to be put on the market, an organic product must be controlled, produced and certificated according to related organic agriculture regulations and during our farm trainings we encourage our partner cooperatives to ensure that their farm produce is labelled “Organic Product” For this purpose, organic agriculture practices must be recorded and kept under control from the very beginning by the control and certification agent authorized by the local Ministry. In order for the products to be marketed as organic, and we assist and advise our farmers on the process and procedure to gain such certifications
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