Thursday, March 26, 2015

'Organic farming in Negros Occidental had come along way'

Organic plants on display during the 9th Organic Festival.
Organic farming in Negros Occidental had come along way.

This was emphasized by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., as he stressed that the organic industry in the province is going by leaps and bounds.

Marañon recalled that "only few people had advocated organic farming before.”

In 2005, late Governor Joseph Marañon and former governor-turned-congressman George Arnaiz of Negros Oriental conceptualized organic festival and make the Negros island as an organic island.

For his part, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose "Bong" Lacson said that advocating to organic farming will help "preserve food security and mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change."

He further said that Negros island is not only known for its sugar industry but also in organic agriculture.

Ramon Uy Jr., president of the Organic na Negros Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) said that the organic festival has grown from a simple gathering of organic producers in 2005.

ONOPRA records showed that 10,000 of the 17,000 hectares in Negros Occidental is dedicated to organic agriculture. 

Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.

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