Tanzania: Toam to Partner With Ministry for Organic Farming

Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) in collaboration with the government through the Ministry of Agriculture is planning to organise their second National Ecological Organic Agriculture Conference in October this year.

The conference that will be held in Dodoma and to be attended by over 300 participants from Tanzania and outside will among others, create awareness to the public on the importance of organic farming in further attempts to raise grassroots farmers’ livelihood.

Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam recently, TOAM Chairperson, Dr Mwatima Juma said apart from conserving the soil and its other biological organisms, organic farming that from time immemorial has been practiced by forefathers, also ensures farmers get fresh food crops.

“Organic farming helps to maintain environment health by reducing the level of pollution. It reduces human and animal health hazards by reducing the level of residues in the product. … It reduces the cost of agricultural production and also improves the soil health.

“In most cases it maintains and improves fertility, soil structure and biodiversity, and reduce erosion… reduces the risks of human, animal, and environmental exposure to toxic materials,” she added.

Equally, DrJuma noted that the main goal of the conference will focus on promoting natural and affordable agriculture to the farmers without chemicals’ applications to the soil in the name of fertilizers and pesticides, adding that such finally contaminate the soil.

“Apart from the fact that human beings who are the major consumers of the crops grown, those affected include also living organisms in the soil as well as other plants. We have a reached a point that even trees cannot grow naturally in the soil without being supported artificially by fertilizers and these trees have become addicted to the chemicals in the name of fertilizers,” she pointed out.