The Swedish Board of Agriculture will work for increased organic production
The Government of Sweeden consider organic production has not increased in line with demand.
Last Thursday, the Government took a decision to instruct the Swedish Agriculture Agency to take appropriate measures to achieve the government's goals for organic production and consumption. The government allocates SEK 50 million for this assignment for the years 2018-2020.
"We see a strong demand for organic food, at the same time, organic production has not increased in line with demand. The government wants to change. If Swedish farmers can meet the increased demand, it contributes to jobs and sustainable growth throughout our country, "says Sven-Erik Bucht, Minister for Rural Affairs.
The food strategy states that all food production in Sweden will increase. The government's assessment is that the production, consumption and export of organic food should also increase. Therefore, the Swedish Agriculture Agency is tasked with selecting and taking appropriate measures from the Swedish Agricultural Agency's report "Action Plan to Increase Organic Production, Consumption and Export of Organic Foods", submitted to the Government Offices on 28 February 2018, with the business community and stakeholders.
"It is important that the business community and stakeholders, who have a great knowledge of the ecological market, are given a central and active role in the work," said Sven-Erik Bucht, Minister for Rural Affairs.
About the government's goals for organic production and consumption:
The government's goal is that 30 percent of the Swedish agricultural land will be certified organic farmland and that 60 percent of public food consumption will consist of certified organic products by 2030.
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