Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Organic area in Western Visayas reaches 40%

About 40 percent of the land area in Western Visayas is now into organic farming.

Department of Agriculture-6 regional technical director Joyce Wendam said that 13,345 hectares in Western Visayas are covered by organic agriculture.

Wendam said that the department is targeting to cover 33,345 hectares for organic farming.

In terms of implementation of organic agriculture by the provinces in the region, Negros Occidental topped the list, followed by Guimaras.

“Negros Occidental is leading and we know that Negros Occidental is the birthplace of organic farming,” she said.

She said that going organic will make the commodities globally competitive in preparations for the Asean Economic Cooperation this year.

“But aside from that, we have to promote organic agriculture in order for our farmers to raise their income and sustain their livelihood,” she stressed.

“Going organic will ensure better health, promote environmental protection, disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience and social justice,” she further stressed.

She said that DA is pushing for organic agriculture, as it is one of the programs of the agency to respond to climate change.

The program is championed by DA Secretary Proceso Alcala, who also authored the Organic Act, she said.

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