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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 09, 2012

 

Dads push for declaration of La Trinidad as pioneer in organic farming

by Susan Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan.9 (PIA) -- The officials of this capital town are clamoring for the declaration of the municipality as pioneer in organic farming in the province.

Councilors Francis Lee, Arthur Shontogan, Robert Namoro and Estrella Esteban filed Resolution Number 246-2011 to support their claim.

Organic farming was popularized in this town by pioneer organic practitioners Pat Acosta and Felix Tan who had been engaged in the business for quite sometime. Acosta was conferred as 2009 National Gawad Saka – Outstanding Organic Farmer and Tan as Regional Gawad Saka Organic Farmer for 2010.

The group of organic practitioners called La Trinidad Organic Practitioner Multi-Purpose Cooperative was organized through the initiative of the local government unit . The LGU also facilitated the registration of LATOP with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on November 2005.

The Benguet State University, the premiere state institution in the region, which owns vast tracts of land in the town, is the first academic institution in the country to get certification from the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) as an organic vegetable and fruit producer which accordingly complements the town’s advocacy on organic farming.

The town officials said the LGU was also instrumental in the advocacy, promotion and market of organically grown vegetables in various occasions such as the Strawberry Festival, Benguet Foundation Day and several agricultural trade fairs sponsored by partner agencies.

Furthermore, the LGU has been active in implementing and funding training on organic farming and related activities since the launching of the national program on Integrated Pest Management and Farmers Field School approach in 1996.

The provincial board in its session held recently referred the measure to the Committee on Agriculture for favorable review. (SCA PIA CAR/Benguet)

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