Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Separation of Negros Occidental from Western Visayas a big loss to organic agriculture

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Western Visayas will be affected due to the separation of Negros Occidental from the region.

Roy Abaya, officer-in-charge of Department of Agriculture-6, stressed that Negros Occidental is one of the leading provinces in organic agriculture.

He added that 70 percent of the region’s organic products are from this province.

He stressed that the departure of the province from Region 6 due to the creation of the new region is a big loss to organic agriculture.

Because of this development, Abaya is urging the remaining provinces in Region 6 to boost organic farming. “Nevertheless, looking at the entire Philippines, Negros can still contribute to the growth of organic agriculture in the country,” he said.

Five percent of agricultural lands in the country should be converted to organic farmland by next year, he said, as he cited Republic Act 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010.

He added that one third of the farmlands nationwide are into organic farming.

Meanwhile, Abaya said the DA regional offices in Western Visayas and Central Visayas have recently met following the order of President Benigno Aquino III to all national agencies to extend assistance during the transition of the newly-created Negros Island Region.

The DA regional office of the new region will be set up in Bacolod City, in Negros Occidental during the three-year transition period.

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