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Negros Oriental discovers new technology; 'Organic floats' seen to boost local farming industry

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (5 February) -- A new all-organic technology that will help local farmers cut costs in their upland fishery projects has been discovered and now being developed by the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) here.

The technology is called "organic floats" and its production is now underway at the Government Agricultural Development Center (GADCENT) at Siaton Dangula, Brgy. Caticugan in Siaton town, an integrated demo-farm for vegetable growing, livestock production and upland fishery projects, according to Adrian Sedillo, Capitol Information Officer.

With the Organic Floats, also called floating pellets, farmers under the province's upland fishery project, need no longer feed their fishes twice or thrice daily, as is the current practice but only once a day. "Farmers will be assured that the tilapia are still well-fed even with just a single broadcast of the organic floats," explained PAFC Chairman Florante Vicuna.

Ingredients used in ordinary pellets are solvent and causes them to sink the moment they are put in water, thus depriving the fish from eating it.

But the new technology will keep the pellets afloat for a longer period of time, giving the fish more time to eat all the pellets before they sink down to the bottom, explained Vicuna.

The floating pellet is made up of tahop humay, cassava, meat of rice field shells and horse radish (malunggay).

The new technology is expected to boost the province's campaign for organic farming spearheaded by Governor Emilio C. Macias II, who earlier initiated the Negros Oriental Go Organic-Nutrients of Worms (NEGORGANIC-NOW) movement, which encourages farmers to go back to the natural methods of farming through the use of organic fertilizer, Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) and Naturally Fermented Solutions (NFS).

Sedillo said the governor was elated over the discovery of the said technology as it is in line with his administration's massive campaign to go natural and to strengthen the food security in the Province. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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