Organic Rice is rice that is certified by an independent body, to have been grown and processed according to set organic standards. While there is no single definition for organic, most definitions share common elements. For example, organic as applied to most field crops generally means that
- No synthetic or artificial chemical pesticides and fertilizers have been used,
- Soil fertility is maintained through natural processes such as growing cover crops and/or the application of composted manure and plant wastes.
- Crops are rotated in fields to avoid growing the same crop year after year in the same field.
- Alternate (non-chemical forms) of pest control are used to manage insects, diseases and weeds e.g., beneficial insects to prey on pests, mulches to suppress weeds, etc.
Why should I grow organic rice?
Organic produce "especially in developed markets "usually receives higher prices. Organic produce is also often considered to be of greater health benefit.
What is involved to growing organic rice?
- You need to follow the strict standards for production and processing as set by the certifying body.
- You may need to develop and submit annual plans showing that you will meet the production and processing requirements of the certifying body
- You can only be certified organic if your produce is grown on land, which has been free of prohibited substances (e.g., artificial chemical pesticides and fertilizers) for three years prior to certification.