Each year, around the globe World Standards Day is celebrated on 14 October. This year during the same day Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Rice produced in Mousavian Farm was certified by the National Standards Organization.
According to FAO IPM History Report between 2002 and 2010 a number of projects on Integrated Pest Mangement (IPM) were initiated for protecting the biodiversity and reduction in pesticides and herbicides in the country by GEF SGP/UNDP.
As an example “In 2002, the GEF SGP/UNDP launched a project in Sooteh Village, Mazandaran Province called “Farmers’ Empowerment to Sustainable Agro-Ecosystem Management” in rice fields. The project, implemented through the Institute for Green Rural Advancement (IGRA), aimed at empowering the farmers to adopt alternative crop participatory IPM to eliminate excessive use of pesticides.”
Environmental concerns for using high levels of pesticides and herbicides in Caspian area prompted, GEF SGP/UNDP with the cooperation of the local community and technical consultants of IGRA, to execute an empowering project through managing agricultural ecosystems.
As a result since 2002, Dorna Group Rice Farmers, later called “Sooteh Boom Sazgar” group, have been practicing IPM and eco-friendly practices in their own fields through Farmers Field School (FFS) with over 70 percent reductions in herbicides and pesticides.
National Standards Organization certified “Mousavian Healthy Rice” cultivated in Sooteh Village which is now being produced by Tisa brand with Standard Certification number 853898492 received from the National Standard of Iran.
Receiving this certification is a major achievement towards mainstreaming the term and practice in stratification and recognition for cleaner environments and cleaner products in the path to organic.
This work was replicated by the UNEP GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project in Fereidounkenar and jointly in Ezbaran wetland in the same area. In 2013, sixty villages in Mazandaran have been included in the government programme towards the same results.