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Pioneering Spoil Research For The Pacific

Pioneering scientific research to examine the value of organic farming over chemical agriculture for good soil health and climate resilience in the Pacific region will start next month. Termed the
01 Apr 2016 10:07
Pioneering Spoil Research For The Pacific
tephen Hazelman, project manager at action planning meeting on project in Nadi, recently.

Pioneering scientific research to examine the value of organic farming over chemical agriculture for good soil health and climate resilience in the Pacific region will start next month.

Termed the ‘soil health trials’, the research will actively engage farmers in Niue, Cook Islands and the Republic of Marshall Islands, with the results expected to benefit the entire region.

Led by Solomon Islander and soil scientist Dr Shane Tutua, the research will develop the scientific evidence base supporting the push for organic farming for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience in the Pacific Islands.

The two year soil trials are part of the Capacity Building for Resilience in Agriculture Project (CBRAP) coordinated by POETCom, housed within the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

“It’s not enough to just say that organic farming is good for the Pacific Islands. We must provide the data to support it, to help inform decision making,” SPC’s Project Manager of POETCom, Stephen Hazelman, said.

“Good soil health is vital for sustainable, climate-resilient food production systems, and organic farming principles such as composting promote it,” he added.

Reports from the trials will be shared widely with Pacific Island countries and territories, support discussions around policy development for an ecosystem based approach to sustainable agriculture.

It will also be to help farmers make informed choices about farming systems they use.

 

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