How to switch from conventional to organic agriculture?

The conversion to Organic Agriculture corresponds to the transition phase towards certification in “Organic Agriculture”. From the beginning of this phase, the producer’s practices must strictly comply with Organic Agriculture regulations.

For each production, a minimum duration of land conversion has been defined. This conversion period triggers changes in the life cycles of animals, plants and organisms living on and in the soil. The conversion of agricultural land is also used to cleanse the soil of possible old chemical residues. It allows the farmer to begin to learn about organic production methods, to adapt his production tools and to find new markets for his products.

Organic production is a global system of food production and farm management. It combines best environmental practices, high biodiversity, protection of natural resources, a way of production that respects the needs of certain consumers for products using natural substances and methods. Currently, the consumption of organic products has increased. In organic production, the use of mineral nitrogen and chemicals is prohibited.

The direction of conversion to organic farming

Conversion is the transition from traditional agriculture to organic farming. Farmers’ practices must strictly comply with organic farming regulations. For each production, the minimum duration of soil conversion has been determined. This conversion period leads to changes in the life cycles of plants, animals and organisms living in the soil and on the land. Conversion to agricultural land is also used to clean the soil of old chemical residues. It allows the farmer to start learning about organic production processes, to refine his production tools and to discover new markets for his products.

The process of conversion to organic agriculture

Going organic is a huge project that takes time to grow. It’s an option that changes the marketing strategy, the way it works, the work organization, and even the income. The first step in building an organic conversion project is to visit the farms, learn about the specifications and meet the producers who are committed to the process. In each department, there are structures that can advise farmers who want to learn about organic farming: producer organisations, organic producer networks, Ceta, Chambers of Agriculture…An economic analysis is necessary to get a better idea of the cash flow required by the first year of conversion. Training sessions have also been set up in the departments.

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