Minister of Agriculture Einar K. Gudfinnsson said last week that in light of criticism of a lack of financial support for organic farming and increasing demands for organic products, the state’s policy towards this type of agriculture may be reviewed.
“It is true what they say that our support for organic farming is relatively smaller than in our neighboring countries,” Gudfinnsson told Morgunbladid, yet pointing out that the main reason for that is little demand for organic products in recent years.
However, demand is growing, the minister said, and that will be taken into consideration when the state’s agriculture agreement will be reviewed. “I believe it is fully reasonable to discuss how to shift the focus when we remake this agreement so that funding will be increased for organic farming […] also in consideration of the rising price of fertilizers.”
Gudfinnsson said he believed more funding for organic farming would make more farmers interested in that type of agriculture which would be sensible in an economic sense considering the current market situation.