DA allots P900M for organic agriculture in 2011
Manila (19 November) -- The country's organic farming movement will get the needed boost as the Department of Agriculture is alloting an initial P900 million next year to implement various initiatives under the "Organic Agriculture Act of 2010" or Republic Act No. 10068.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the amount will bankroll four major concerns which include policy formulation on the regulation and registration, accreditation, certification and labelling of organic agricultural products; research, development and extension of appropriate sustainable environment and gender-friendly organic agriculture; promotion of the establishment of facilities that produce organic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other farm inputs, certification process; and implementation of organic agricultural programs, projects and activities, and provision and delivery of support services to farmers and other stakeholders.
Sec. Alcala authored RA 10068 when he served as Representative (2nd District of Quezon) during the 14th Congress.
Its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were recently completed and submitted for approval to the Congressional Oversight Committee on Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization (COCAFM).
As provided under RA 10068, a National Organic Agriculutre Board (NOAB) will be created to serve as the policy-making body that will provide direction and general guidelines for the implementation of the national organic agriculture program.
The NOAB will be attached to the DA, with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) serving as the secretariat. (PIA-MMIO) [top]