Hydroponic farming is not organic: Esma

Source: Gulf News

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Hydroponic farming, which is catching on in the UAE among many urban farmers, cannot be qualified as organic even if the produce grown through this method are not aided by any chemical fertilisers or pesticides, the UAE regulatory authorities have said.

In a statement to Gulf News, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) said that hydroponic farming cannot be certified as organic because the plant is not grown directly on the soil.

Being responsible for the country’s environment and agriculture activities MOCCAE regulates organic and other farming activities through ministerial resolution number 84 of the year 2012, which is part of the regulation of the federal law number five of the year 2009 on organic inputs and products.

Implementing MOCCAE’s regulations among others, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) also confirmed that fruits and vegetables grown using hydroponic methods are not organic.