Thursday, November 12, 2015

Negros Island hosts 12th NOAC and celebrates 10th Organic Farmers Festival

Negros is annually looking forward for the Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival wherein Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental organic innovations and products are being showcased and organic farmers, advocates, top chefs, restaurateurs and tourists from all over the country gather in this annual event to celebrate organic food, organic farming, and organic lifestyle in the island. Each year is just getting bigger and brighter for the island’s agricultural industry.

2015 is going to be much different; the biggest at its finest. About 1,800 organic farmers, stakeholders from LGU’s, academe, extension workers, scientists, and experts coming from different parts of the country will visit the island for the 12th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC). The province of Negros Occidental will host the National Organic Agriculture Congress in Bacolod City and to coincide with the 10th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival, the two big events in organic agriculture in the country into one with its theme, “Farm to Table” / “Mula Taniman hanggang Hapagkainan” / “Halin Talamnan tubtub Kalan-an”.

Organized by the Department of Agriculture under the National Organic Agriculture Program, Negros Occidental Provincial Government in partnership with Organic na Negros! Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA), the national congress will be held on November 25-27 at SMX Convention Center, to be followed with the annual organic festival on November 25-29 at the Provincial Capitol grounds.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that it proves that organic is the way to go and thanked Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. for this.

“I have been attending the Negros Organic Festival for the past five years and is amazed of how fast it has grown,” she said.

She said that she is looking forward to having the 12th NOAC in the province of Negros Occidental and added that it is but fitting to have it in the only organic province in the country.

ONOPRA President Ramon Uy, Jr. said that the theme “Farm to Table” was selected because they want to focus and strengthen on every step of the organic supply chain in the country.

“There is no better place than to hold it here in Negros Island, the leader in organic in the country, it is only fitting to held it here because of the big organic movement of the province, we have the best examples from farm to table,” he said.

Organic stakeholders would indeed learn from our experiences and stories as we would also learn from them. Everyone is getting excited about it for this will definitely be the biggest gathering of organic agriculture in the country.

By: Karla Panganiban

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