The widespread consumption of fresh produce cultivated with the use of toxic chemicals has led to a significant increase in the number of non-communicable diseases; such as cancers, kidney disease, heart disease, liver damage, and diabetes. Our dietary habits, which increasingly favour convenience over quality, have only served to make this situation worse.
With the health and well-being of the people and the future generations at risk, the need to address this situation is extremely important. Towards this end, the introduction of a wide variety of ecologically cultivated fruits, herbs and vegetables—free from harmful toxins and chemicals—into our regular diet, would not only lessen the risk of disease, but also contribute to a positive lifestyle change.
Despite increasing in demand, ecologically cultivated toxin-free fresh produce at affordable prices is not freely available in the market. Comparatively higher cost of production due to higher input costs and lower yields has compelled the farmers to resort to the use of chemical fertilizers freely available at a subsidized cost. To help farmers meet this challenge, Cargills employ scientifically proven biological processes in agriculture; where microorganisms, natural herbicides and pesticides are used in an integrated system to optimize yield.
To encourage farmers to employ the ecological techniques and of biological processes in agriculture and produce harmful toxin free fresh produce, Cargills provide loan facilities to purchase registered organic solid and liquid fertilizer and pesticides with a guarantee to purchase their harvest at reasonable prices while ensuring them with a sales opportunity in its outlet base.
Establishment of toxin-free ecological zones is envisioned as part of this far-reaching plan. Cargills aims to guarantee that any crop cultivated in the special toxin-free ecological zones will be completely free of harmful chemicals. This will be demonstrable by the presence of bees within the zones. Bees are notoriously sensitive to any harmful toxins and cannot survive in any environment laced with harmful chemicals.
Cargills also provides tailor made extension services in order to further ensure that the farms, often found in collectives, are free from chemical pesticides and other toxins. These services also include supporting the farmer to create and maintain a comprehensive “crop plan”; outlining crops selected for cultivation, seeds and biological fertilisers used. Cargills also provides advisory services in controlling pests.
Cargills has introduced special environmentally sustainable packaging such as banana leaf for packing of the fresh produce with BeeSafe Logo prominently displayed on them.
As Cargills embarks on this exciting initiative, we invite you to join our dedicated effort to secure a safe, healthy, and harmful toxin-free future for each one of us!