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Australia has long been a global leader in organic farming, with more land devoted to it than any other country in the world.
A recent study conducted by Dr John Paull of the University of Tasmania found that Australia accounts for more than 50 percent of the total area devoted to organic farming.
In 2019, Australia set aside 35,645,038 hectares for organic farming, a figure which represents 51 percent of the global total of 69,845,243 hectares, according to the study.
In organic farming, the use of chemical fertilisers, growth hormones, pesticides and genetically modified organisms are avoided for claimed health reasons. The use of pesticides and associated planting materials are often blamed for cancer and many other human diseases.
In Cambodia, this type of farming is not yet widespread and only a few farmers are into organic farming, according to many studies.
Lexmin Pty Ltd, an Australian organic farming and manufacturer, embarked on its journey in Cambodia three years ago with a vision to source, organically cultivate and supply ancient medicinal and nutritional plants for the promotion of human health and well-being.
Through its local arm, Branch of Lexmin Pty Ltd established a 22-hectare organic moringa farm at the foothills of the Cardamon Mountains in Kampong Speu province.
There, farmers cultivate moringa organically by combining ancient Indian Vedic agricultural methods with state-of-the-art, ultra-high-density cultivation techniques.
Under the present setup, nutrient- dense moringa leaves are grown under certified organic conditions for processing into 100 percent plant food dietary supplements, without artificial fillers, to meet the global demand for organic plant-based health supplements, according to the company. In addition to moringa, the company also cultivates black ginger, black and yellow turmeric, and neem,
Branch of Lexmin Pty Ltd’s farmworker tending to some Black Turmeric Plants. Photo supplied
Planting is done without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and chemical growth regulators.
The company operates under the following motto: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Humans—Good Health Through Nature.
Branch of Lexmin Pty Ltd produces a wide range of plant-based health supplements, including Moringa Leaf Powder, Moringa tablets, Moringa Tea, Moringa Lemongrass Tea, Moringa Ginger Tea, Black Ginger Powder, Black Turmeric Piperine Powder, Moringa Leaf Turmeric Tablets, Moringa Seed Oil, Moringa-Turmeric Tea, Moringa-Kaffir Lime Tea and many more.
Early this month, Branch of Lexmin Pty Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where the two sides agreed to work together to develop the organic agriculture and horticulture sectors in Cambodia. In addition to introducing organic farming into Cambodia and making the Kingdom a key production site for its health supplement business, Branch of Lexmin Pty Ltd is also helping to prepare Cambodian farm workers to work in Australia under the new Australian agricultural visa programme.
Recently, the Australia government announced that it will hire farm workers from Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, to work on Australian farms.
In the same MoU, Lexmin agreed to train Cambodian farm workers in basic English, Australian culture, visa applications etc, in preparation for their deployment into Australia. Lexmin chief executive officer Robert K Chelliah said it also asked the owners of large Australian farms to give Cambodian farm workers well-paid jobs along with good working conditions.
“This will benefit Cambodia because they will bring back valuable knowledge and experience to develop the agricultural sector in the future,” Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said.
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