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Organic farming boosts quality

Shayal Devi
Thursday, July 25, 2013

MOVING to organic farming can help farmers drastically improve soil quality and ensure the harvest of better and healthier produce.

This is the view of George Petri, an adviser on organic farming for First Organic in Sabeto, Nadi.

"The idea should be that farmers think about soil because heavy spraying of plants has detrimental effects to soil quality and after 50 to 60 years, soil can collapse and it's very hard to bring it back to its natural state," he said.

Mr Petri, originally from Germany, said he was an adviser with First Organic, a new farm that c grows tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, watermelons, parsley and celery.

"We are doing this since March this year.

"There is a growing need for organic fruits and vegetables because more people are looking after their diets and eating healthy.

"We would just like farmers to think about organic farming because it is a great investment and saves money, but organic methods should be carried out carefully."