Posted by: Mahdi Ebrahimi | December 4, 2007

Philippine: City wants 2-5% of agri to be organic

HE City Agriculture Office (CAO) is targeting to encourage at least two to five percent of the city’s farmers to switch to organic farming next year.
City Agriculturist Rocelio Tabay announced the plan in organic forum held at the Green Room of the City Council building Monday as part of the celebration of the city’s First Organic Agriculture Day.
The Davao City council last week through a resolution proposed by Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the council committee on agriculture, designated December 3 as organic agriculture day in Davao City.
The City Government has included a funding for the promotion of organic agriculture in the 2008 budget.
Tabay said this (budget) would be used for technical assistance to local farmers who are interested in practicing organic farming methods.
“Maghatag mi ug training unsaon paghimo sa organic fertilizer and at the same time maghatag pud ug vegetable seeds sa mga farmers arun nga naa
tay organic products diri sa city (We will be giving out trainings on how to make organic fertilizers and we well also distribute seeds to farmers so that we will soon be harvesting organic products here),” Tabay said.
Tabay added that the CAO will be choosing 10 model farmers’ organizations whose members will be educated on organic farming while encouraging all barangays to put up the “Gulayan sa Barangay.”
The “Gulayan sa Barangay” program of the city has proved to help alleviate poverty as barangay people have now a food and livelihood source.
The city’s organic agriculture day coincides with the International No Pesticide Day.
Monday’s forum was done in partnership with the City Council committee on food and agriculture, Interface and Development Interventions, Katakus Women’s Organization, Metsa Foundation, and Mindanao Farmers Development Council.


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