Winter Organic Insights 2022

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, as part of a research program by Dr Estela Gutierrez into endocrine disrupting chemicals. The Rotary Club of North Balwyn (in Melbourne) recently awarded a grant to Mekong Organics, to promote resilient traditional rice-based farming systems in Kien Giang Province, which also included setting up a community garden on land made available by a local farmer. Mekong Organics extends its assistance to the Tan Dat Organic Rice Cooperative in Vinh Long Province – exploring the expansion of the area of organic rice production by recruiting more local farmers and assisting themwith conversion and certification. NASAA Certified Organic is conducting its first organic certification mid this year. Whilst International certification has been available in Vietnam through some European certifiers, this is Australia’s first involvement, and it will facilitate the export of produce to Australia and many other countries. NASAA’s participation in Mekong Organics activities has stimulated interest in gaining organic certification.

Mekong Organics and NASAA Organic continue to explore other avenues for collaboration to build on the work that has already been undertaken. Author: Alan Broughton, Vice-president of Organic Agriculture Association, Dr Van Kien Nguyen (Director of Mekong Organics) and Mekong Organics teammembers.

Alan Broughton

Dr Van Kien Nguyen

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