Tanzanian agri experts are urging farmers to embrace organic food production. East Africa Impact center (ECHO) Technical advisor, Charles Bonaventure observed that organic food production allows farmers to lower input costs and decrease reliance on non-renewable resources in production. According to Bonaventure, such production is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, oils, and farm machinery, and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
"It is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity," he explained.
The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.
The agriculture expert further pointed out that organic food emphasizes the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
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