PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Capiz takes step to practice organic agriculture for kidsby Jemin B. Guillermo
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- Preparing for the children’s future is one of the prime intentions of pushing the practice of organic agriculture in Capiz.
Governor Victor Tanco said that there is a need to take a step towards achieving the goals of organic agriculture by promoting, propagating, further developing and implementing the practice of agriculture in the province.
He said that organic farming will preserve soil fertility and productivity and minimize all forms of pollution which are very important for the present and next generations.
Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 defines organic agriculture to include all agricultural systems that promote the ecologically sound, socially acceptable, economically viable and technically feasible production of food and fibers.
To realize and take a good start in the implementation of organic farming here, Tanco will have a meeting, Jan. 31 with the members of the Provincial Local Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture to discuss the salient features of the law as well as to present the provincial plans and programs that are being funded by the Department of Agriculture.
Included in said agenda are discussions on the proposed organic food terminal, proposed Maayon town integrated farm and the presentation of the organic agriculture practitioners in Capiz, he said.
The province’s move of further promoting and implementing the said law is in consonance with the country’s policy to take steps in organic agriculture that will cumulatively condition and enrich the fertility of the soil, increase farm productivity, reduce pollution and destruction of the environment, prevent the depletion of natural resources, further protect the health of farmers, consumers, and the general public, and save on imported farm inputs.
Through said law, it is expected that a comprehensive program for the promotion of community-based organic agriculture systems which include, among others, farmer-produced purely organic fertilizers such as compost, pesticides and other farm inputs, together with a nationwide educational and promotional campaign for their use and processing as well as adoption of organic agriculture system as a viable alternative will be initiated.
In Capiz, many local government units have already started organic farming, especially in their rice and vegetable production. (JSC/JBG-PIA6 Capiz)