Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MB’s Agriculture mag hosts organic farming trade fair at Eastwood City

Organic farming advocates, believers and supporters gathered yesterday at the Urban Agriculture: Organic Market at Eastwood City’s Central Plaza to further promote and advance the concept of organic agriculture and urban farming.

Urban Agriculture: Organic Market at Eastwood City will again open its gates to the public for two more Sundays, August 23 and 30.

Organized by Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp.’s Agriculture Magazine, which is marking its 18th anniversary, the weekend event, among others, showcases the benefits of consuming organic products, urban farming and the importance of support for the country’s local farmers.

The Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) and Negros Island Organic Certification Services likewise provided instrumental support behind the Urban Agriculture: Organic Market event.

Numerous booths were set-up for organic farm owners and food producers who introduced their goods and explained the benefits of organic products to eager and keen consumers.

“Organic agriculture combines innovation and science to benefit the environment and to know fair relationship and good quality of life for all involved; the farmer and the consumer are given equal importance,” OOCP Executive Director Leila Ramona Limpin said.

OOCP, a certifying body for international and local organic products, protects the buying public by guaranteeing food is safe and free of adverse chemical components.


“In my view, the only way to protect the future generation is by providing healthy and safe food, protecting the environment,” Limpin said.

Agriculture Magazine Editor-in-Chief Zac Sarian, meantime, said purchasing organically-grown food products does not only make a person healthier, but also helps the local farmers.

“Para mas maging mas malusog, kakain tayo ng ligtas na pagkain; at mabibigyan din natin ng pagkakataon na kumita yung mga ating kababayan,” (To be healthier, we must consume safe and healthy food; that way, we also help support the sources of income of our local farmers),” he said.


Sarian also pushed for a massive organic farming information drive among farmers, many of whom still do not have even a slight grasp of the concept.

“Marami ring problema sa kagamitan, hindi sanay yung mga kakabayan natin sa kagamitan at pamamaraan ng organic agriculture, kulang ang supply, kulang ang kaalaman, kulang pati yung espasyo na pagtataniman,” (There are many problems, people are not familiar with organic farming methods, there is lack of general knowledge, there is also the problem of lack of planting space),” he said.

Sarian said featuring farming innovations and developments in Agriculture Magazine is one way of enhancing the knowledge of farmers and would-be farmers.

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/mbs-agriculture-mag-hosts-organic-farming-trade-fair-at-eastwood-city/
Written by: Vanne Elaine Terrazola


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