KYRGYZSTAN: Organic cotton tested in the south
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Farmers in the south of Kyrgyzstan have organically produced their first 24 mt of cotton fibre. Organic agriculture is predicted to take off by 2006, allowing local farmers the opportunity to increase their standard of living while at the same time protect the environment.
"I think I have chosen the right way to farm," Raimov Makambai, a farmer from the Jalalabat region who recently switched to organic farming, told IRIN. "It's better for the environment and for people's health."