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Bissau Organic

 

To certify a farm, Bissau Organic is  required to engage in a number of different activities, in addition to normal farming operations:

Study the organic standards, which cover in specific detail what is and is not allowed for every aspect of farming, including storage, transport and sale.

· Compliance — farm facilities and production methods must comply with the standards, which may involve modifying facilities, sourcing and changing suppliers, etc.

· Documentation — extensive paperwork is required, detailing farm history and current set-up, and usually including results of soil and water tests.

· Planning — a written annual production plan must be submitted, detailing everything from seed to sale: seed sources, field and crop locations, fertilization and pest control activities, harvest methods, storage locations, etc.

· Inspection — weekly, monthly and annual on-farm inspections are required, with a physical tour, examination of records, and an oral interview.

· Fee — an annual inspection/certification fee (currently starting at 2% year, in the US and Canada, depending on the agency and the size of the operation).

· Record-keeping — written, day-to-day farming and marketing records, covering all activities, must be available for inspection at any time.

In addition, short-notice or surprise inspections can be made, and specific tests (e.g. soil, water, plant tissue) may be requested.

For first-time farm certification, the soil must meet basic requirements of being free from use of prohibited substances (synthetic chemicals, etc) for a number of years. A conventional farm must adhere to organic standards for this period, often, two to three years. This is known as being in transition. Transitional crops are not considered fully organic.