Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Organic agriculture to cushion effects of AFTA

(negros-occ.gov.ph photo)

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that organic agriculture will prepare the province on the effects of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), which started early this year.

The governor said that "we have to prepare" in the looming crisis of the sugar industry, which lower tariff on imported sugar are implemented. 

We have to make sure that our agriculture can compete with the other ASEAN countries, he added. 
The governor said that "we have to meet the demand of organic agriculture because it has a huge demand. The potential is big."

For her part, May Ann Grajo, head of the Agri-business Division Department of Agriculture-Region 6,also challenged the farmers to produce more products to meet the demands in the market, as she cited that organic agriculture was the thrust of the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Helen Catalbas of the Department of Tourism (DOT) challenged the Negrense farmers to "take advantage of the tourism boom" in organic farming.

She stressed that connectivity, infrastructures and tourist arrivals were the factors that placed Negros Occidental in the second spot in Western Visayas with most tourist attractions.


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