Andreas Müller, Deputy Head of agriculture division Head of Certification Departement, bio.inspecta AG
In 2021, despite the pandemic, controls will continue to be carried out on organic farms in compliance with the FOPH's protective measures.
This year's inspections will focus on contract work and the application of non-organic fertilisers. In addition, the inspectors will keep an openeye on the changes in 2021.
These can be found in the brochure "What's new in organic farming in 2021". We would like to take this opportunity to wish all organic farmers a successful year marked by health and happiness at home and in the barn. We would also like to thank our customers most sincerely and not without pride for their loyalty.
Although the new year has just begun, it is time to offer organic farms some guidance with a preview of the upcoming inspection season.
The virus is still there. Current status on control implementation
Although the pandemic is not yet over, it is becoming apparent that the controls can be carried out on the farms this year. Of course, this is only possible in strict compliance with the FOPH's protective measures.
The inspection staff of bio.inspecta AG will again be equipped with the necessary material and explicitly trained in strict compliance with the measures.
Innovations in the organic regulations 2021
One of the core tasks of the companies is to face up to the necessary changes and adaptations every year, which are necessitated by the innovations in the regulations. These are always mastered and implemented in an admirable manner. The changes in the rules and regulations described below do not represent an exhaustive list. They are merely a selection:
Control priorities 2021
The focal points of the inspections are determined annually by Bio Suisse together with the two inspection organisations. This year, an in-depth look will be taken at contract processing and the supply of non-organic farmyard manure.
Control focus on contract processing
Farms should ensure the following requirements:
We are looking forward to the upcoming meetings with the farm managers, which are always exciting. These are a good opportunity to contribute to securing the credibility of organic farming in a spirit of partnership.
With this in mind, we wish everyone a smoothly running inspection. The hotline is at the service of our customers for any questions they may have. Experienced, practising farmers will answer your questions reliably and in accordance with the rules.