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National organic congress slated october 17-18

Iloilo City (28 September) -- Some 300 technical experts, researchers, extension workers, representatives of the local government units, farmers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders all over the country are expected to convene on October 17 to 18, 2007 for the 4th National Organic Congress.

Collaboratively hosted by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Products Standards (DA-BAFPS), Western Visayas Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC) and the Panay Organic Producers Association (POPA), the Congress will be held at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center in this city.

The two-day Congress is anchored on the theme "Converging thrusts for Organic Agriculture Development in the Philippines".

"This is a significant event as right now the trend for organic food is already worldwide', said Dawn Jamandre of the POPA.

Western Visayas is known as a major producer of the organic "muscovado" sugar, organic "darag" native chicken, organic "balangon" banana chips and other organic products.

The opening program on October 17 will be followed by a presentation of an Overview of Organic Agriculture in the Philippines.

Other plenary topics in the morning of October 17 include The Growing Global Demand for Organic Food, Organic Trade of the Philippines, Enabling Regulatory Mechanisms for Organic Agriculture.

The Congress will also cover topics such as A Winning Platform for Rural Development, Internal Control System, Negros: The Organic Island, Nurturing Nature in Farming, Organic Banana: No longer the same banana, Organic Aquaculture, Muscovado: The Sweet Success, Towards Organic Farm Conversion and Organic Certification.

Aside, to disseminate information on the status of organic agriculture in the country, the Congress has also the following objectives: to promote organic farming technology, and organically-and naturally-produced food; to provide venue for learning and sharing of knowledge and experiences on organic agriculture; to discuss current issues and concerns relating to the development organic agriculture in the Philippines; and to encourage networking and linkages of organic agriculture practitioners, advocates, stakeholders, academe, and government. (PIA) [top]

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